Dorchester man charged in human trafficking, prostitution ring


BOSTON (FOX 25 / – A Dorchester man was arrested Tuesday night in connection with running a human trafficking and prostitution ring in the Greater Boston area, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced Wednesday.

Michael Leoney, 49, is charged with trafficking of persons for sexual servitude and deriving support from a prostitute. He is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Dorchester District Court.

"We allege that this individual arranged for multiple women to provide sexual services and kept the profit from those arrangements," said Coakley.

Coakley's office began an investigation in April 2012 and determined that Leoney allegedly ran the operation, coordinated the recruitment of women into prostitution and managed the financial aspects of the organization, officials said.

Leoney allegedly advertised sexual services on websites known to advertise prostitution and arranged for these encounters either at the homes of johns or at hotels in the greater Boston area, Coakley said. According to investigators, Leoney typically received the full profits from these sexual encounters.

The investigation remains ongoing.