Plano Man Charged With Human Trafficking

Plano Man Charged With Human Trafficking

A Plano man was arrested and indicted on felony charges alleging that he was operating a brothel out of his Plano residence and lured a teenage girl away from her home in El Paso and forced her to work as a prostitute.

J. Deshun Silverburg, 29, was arrested in April for promoting or possession of child pornography and assault – family violence. In May, Silverburg was arrested for trafficking a young girl who was under 18 years-old.

On June 18, he was indicted in Collin County on the assault and trafficking charges; the grand jury took no action on the child pornography charge.

Silverburg used social media to find troubled young girls who were easy targets. In January, he recruited one 17-year-old victim and lured her away from her home in West Texas to live with him in Plano.

Silverburg took measures to make it more difficult for the victim’s family and the authorities to find the girl. Once Silverburg had the girl in Plano, he told her that he was a pimp and that he expected her to go out on “dates” with guys and have sex for money.

The victim told officials at the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) that shortly after she arrived in Plano, Silverburg took her and two other women to Austin where they had sex for money, which they handed over to Silverburg.

When the girl refused to sell her body, Silverburg used physical violence and had sex with the victim, taking her virginity. According to the victim’s statement, this scenario played out on at least 10 other occasions. The victim was impregnated by Silverburg and miscarried in April, according to the affidavit.

The victim left Silverburg twice and checked into a local shelter, but each time he convinced her to come back.

On March 31, the victim was picked up near the shelter and taken to Silverburg’s apartment. She said that he was infuriated with her and began assaulting her. He placed his hands around her neck and choked her to the point where she could no longer breathe, according to the affidavit.

After the attack, Silverburg brought the victim to his rented home in the 7100 block of Cloverhaven Way, where he kept her until she recovered on April 7.

When Silverburg learned that authorities were looking for the missing girl, he forced her to delete all evidence of their online conversations and had a third person contact the officers about the victim’s whereabouts, according to the affidavit.

The girl was dropped off at a DART bus station in Dallas, where the authorities picked her up and took her to the DPS Criminal Investigation Division in Garland.

In a different case, he allegedly committed aggravated sexual assault against a child younger than 14, who is believed to be his biological daughter. That case is being investigated by Balch Springs police.

Silverburg’s April arrest was part of an investigation by the North Texas Human Trafficking Task Force. The task force is a combined effort of local, state and federal agencies who target human trafficking crimes, which involve enticement, recruiting, transporting, harboring and obtaining a person by any means.

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