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Former Club Magic part-owner indicted in federal human trafficking case

October 23, 2015, 12:52 p.m. Updated October 23, 2015, 1:16 p.m.

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Frank Boswell, part-owner of Lawrence’s now-closed Club Magic nightclub, 804 W. 24th St., was federally indicted on human sex trafficking charges Wednesday, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Friday.

Boswell, 41, of Topeka, is accused of forcing women and a 17-year-old girl to perform sexual acts on clients in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, Arkansas, Tennessee and Texas for financial gain. Boswell allegedly recruited women “who needed money and a place to live from various places ¬– including homeless shelters – to be commercial sex workers,” Grissom said in a news release.

Boswell allegedly used the Internet to promote his sex business and kept in touch with the women using cell phones. Grissom said, “at times while they were out of state, commercial sex workers wired their earnings back to Boswell in Kansas.”

Boswell is charged with conspiracy to commit sex trafficking; conspiracy to operate an interstate prostitution business; sex trafficking of a minor; transporting a person from Kansas to Nebraska for prostitution; enticing a person to travel from Kansas to Nebraska for prostitution; transporting a minor from Kansas to Missouri for prostitution; and three counts of using a phone in furtherance of an interstate prostitution business.

If convicted of these charges, Boswell could spend the rest of his life in prison.

In total, seven people were indicted in the complaint, including former Club Magic managers Sean P. Hall, 46, and Rachel Flenniken, 33, of Topeka.

Hall is accused of creating online advertisements and reviews for commercial sex workers and taking the women to and from “jobs.” He is charged with conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a minor, conspiracy to operate an interstate prostitution business and sex trafficking of a minor.

Flenniken allegedly worked for Boswell as a sex worker while managing his business operations. She is charged with conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a minor, conspiracy to operate an interstate prostitution business, sex trafficking of a minor and using a phone in furtherance of an interstate prostitution business.

Also indicted were alleged sex workers Michaela Hekekia, 35, and Shannon Nelson, 22, as well as alleged “recruiter” Barry M. Johnson, 39, and alleged “enforcer” who kept “sex workers under control,” Andre C. Rhoiney, 47, all of Topeka.

– Reporter Caitlin Doornbos can be reached at 813-7146 or cvdoornbos@ljworld.com.

Comments

Stacy Napier 2 years, 6 months ago

Hope he gets the rest of his life.

People in Lawrence need to wake up. This is a hub to entice these victims. Those who don't think so just check out Backpage.com Lawrence has it's own city listing. Then look at all the escorts listed there. These are local highschool girls and no one really does anything about it.

Nathan Anderson 2 years, 6 months ago

There was 1 underrage victim mentioned in the article. The others described as sex workers were 33, 35, and 22, not a bunch of local high school girls. I'm distressed that these vile individuals preyed on the weak and vulnerable but being hysterically hyperbolic is totally unproductive in solving the problem.

Emily Eakes 2 years, 6 months ago

You do understand that no woman, especially a homeless or otherwise desperate woman, agrees to be trafficked for sex because they feel empowered to do so, right? It's not hyperbolic - human trafficking is a very real problem here and around the world.

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