Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark and the NYPD reported that nine alleged Bloods gang members were indicted for sex trafficking of a child, sex trafficking, promoting prostitution and additional charges for running a sex trafficking ring out of multiple Bronx motels and other hotels around the city.

According to the investigation, between May 6 and Nov. 19 the defendants allegedly operated a sex trafficking ring from various Bronx motels, including the 7 Day Inn, Best Western Plus, Pelham Garden Motel and the Holiday Motel.

The defendants allegedly used social media platforms to reach out to their victims and lure them with money. The defendants took photos of the victims and posted them as ads on several prostitution-related websites. They also communicated with the Johns and would then tell victims where to meet the Johns and what sexual acts they had to perform. Some victims were regularly beaten by the defendants.