Friday, December 23, 2011
Jurors deliberated for 2 1/2 hours in the case of a man charged with recruiting eight underage girls to become prostitutes at an Oakland Park brothel called the Boom Boom Room. The jury hadn't reached a verdict by 5 p.m. and will return Tuesday to decide James "Red" Mozie's fate. Mozie, 34, is charged with eight counts of child sex trafficking, one count of conspiring to commit child sex trafficking and one count of producing child pornography. Prosecutors said he recruited girls as young as 13 to strip, give lap dances and have sex with customers at a house in an industrial section of the city. They also said he required many of the girls to go through what he called "orientation," which included having sex with him. If convicted of just one of the trafficking charges, Mozie could face up to life in federal prison.