Three Charged In Sex Trafficking Ring

Three Charged In Sex Trafficking Ring

Trio Also Connected to Two Murders

Federal officials said Friday that they have charged three Albuquerque residents with running a sex trafficking ring and with having ties to two murders that were committed here in January.

The three, Cornelius Galloway, 34; Danielle Galloway, 43; and Matthew Woods, 28 have been charged with conspiracy, commercial sex trafficking and commercial sex trafficking of a minor, the U.S. Attorney’s office said.

The four-count indictment charges the Galloways and Woods with participating in a conspiracy to engage in commercial sex trafficking by using force, threats, fraud and coercion,” U.S. Attorney spokeswoman Elizabeth Martinez said. “It also charges the three defendants with commercial sex trafficking and commercial sex trafficking of a minor. Woods also is charged with attempting to recruit a victim to engage in a commercial sex act. The Galloways and Woods allegedly committed the crimes charged in Bernalillo County, N.M., between Oct. 2016 and May 2017.”

The Galloways were in federal custody Friday, while Woods was in sate custody on an unrelated charge.

The indictment also alleges that members of the conspiracy murdered two individuals to further the objectives of the criminal sex trafficking organization,” Martinez said. “According to the indictment, two members of the conspiracy, identified as John Doe 1 and John Doe 2, murdered a victim, identified as D.Y., on Jan. 15, 2017. John Doe 1 also allegedly murdered a second victim, identified as T.S. on that same day. The victims allegedly were murdered at the direction of Cornelius Galloway because their activities were contrary to the objectives of the criminal sex trafficking organization.”

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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.
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Dennis Domrzalski is managing editor of ABQ Free Press. Reach him at dennis@freeabq.com.