Police: Gang member forced women into prostitution

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A Deer Park man who police say is a member of the Bloods street gang has been arrested for sex trafficking.

Investigators say a three-month investigation revealed that Abiodum Adeleke forced women into prostitution through the use of threats and violence. He also allegedly damaged their personal property and provided drugs.

Adeleke used hotels and motels to carry out the trafficking, police say. He was arrested on Friday at the Holiday Inn in Plainview.

Adeleke is charged with four counts of sex trafficking, criminal possession of a controlled substance, and had warrants for three more counts of criminal possession.

The arrest comes after Suffolk created a Human Trafficking Investigations Unit earlier this summer.

Police say the investigation is ongoing and anyone with information who might be a victim or witness is asked to call the Human Sex Trafficking Unit at 1-800-220-TIPS.

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