BY JENNIFER CABRERA
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Malcolm Emond Ford, 22, was arrested on Friday and charged with two counts of human trafficking for allegedly attempting to buy a 6-month-old and 2-year-old for sex.
The case began with a CyberTip from the Internet Crimes Against Children data system that a person was trying to purchase a child for $15,000 on two different platforms. Two tips were submitted from Meetme.com, and two tips came from Grindr. The reported conversations, which occurred in July of 2022, showed the account holder looking for a “baby girl” and offering to send money to anyone who would provide the baby. When one person said the baby was “20,” the account holder said, “Look for a new born…” Another person said they had a 6-month-old, but when the account holder asked the person to take off 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 a different platform offered $15,000 for a baby girl and gave a Gainesville address for the delivery of the child. Again, the account holder made demands that things be done to the baby, and the other account refused and said they were going to report him.
The IP address associated with the accounts in question was traced to the same address given in the conversation; Ford lives at that address with a few other people, and his picture matched the picture on the accounts involved in the above conversations.
Detectives made contact with Ford and post Miranda, Ford reportedly said he attempted to purchase a 2-year-old child and a 6-month-old. At first, he reportedly said he wanted to “keep and raise the child,” but he later admitted to wanting the children for sex.
Ford has been charged with two counts of human trafficking on a person under 18 years of age and two counts of unlawful use of a two-way communications device. He has no criminal history and is being held on $150,000 bail.
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