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Boston man charged for Andover prostitution operation

A Boston man accused of running a prostitution operation in Andover was arrested Friday morning in Boston Municipal Court, where he was attending a hearing for another case, according to State Police.

Joshua Toney, 34, was arraigned on sex trafficking and other charges later Friday in Lawrence District Court, police said in a statement.

Toney allegedly lured one woman from the Midwest to Massachusetts to work with another woman, who would go online to arrange clients for each of them, the statement said.

“The clients met the women in Andover, and Toney would then collect the money the women were paid,” police said in the statement.

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Toney was charged with trafficking a person for sexual servitude, two counts of deriving support from the earnings of a prostitute, and procuring a person to practice or enter a place for prostitution, State police said.

At his arraignment, Toney was ordered held with out bail until a hearing next week, State police said.


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