Gainesville man charged with human trafficking for trying to buy babies
BY JENNIFER CABRERA
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Malcolm Emond Ford, 22, was arrested Friday and charged with two counts of human trafficking for allegedly attempting to purchase a 6-month-old and 2-year-old child for sex.
The case began with a CyberTip from the Internet Crimes Against Children data system indicating that a person was trying to buy a child for $15,000 on two different platforms. Two tips were submitted by Meetme.com and two tips came from Grindr. The reported conversations, which took place in July 2022, showed the account holder looking for a “baby girl” and offering to send money to whoever would provide the baby. When one person said the baby was “20 years old”, the account holder said, “Looking for a newborn…” Another person said she had a 6-month-old child, but when the account holder account asked the person to remove the baby’s clothes, the person refused and said they were going to report him to law enforcement.
In another conversation, an account holder on another platform offered $15,000 for a baby girl and gave an address in Gainesville for delivery of the child. Again, the account owner demanded things be done to the baby, and the other account refused and said they would report him.
The IP address associated with the accounts in question was assigned to the same address given in the conversation; Ford lives at this address with a few other people, and his photo matched that of the accounts involved in the conversations above.
Detectives made contact with Ford and after Miranda, Ford allegedly said he had tried to buy a 2 year old and a 6 month old. At first he reportedly said he wanted to “keep and raise the child”, but later admitted he wanted the children for sex.
Ford was charged with two counts of human trafficking of a person under 18 and two counts of unlawful use of a two-way communication device. He has no criminal history and is being held on $150,000 bail.
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