Harrisburg, PA

A man will  spend a minimum of 39 years in prison after being sentenced in Lancaster County on charges related to human trafficking and prostitution throughout southeastern Pennsylvania according to the Pennsylvania State Police

In April of 2017, members of the Pennsylvania State Police, Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Special Investigations Unit, initiated an investigation into sex worker human trafficking.  Troopers worked undercover responding to several advertisements posted on websites known for sex trafficking and “arranged dates” with women posted in the ads. Several women sought assistance to escape sexual servitude according to the release from the state police.

Both Kenneth Crowell, age 35 and co-conspirator Barry Charles Schiff, age 52 conducted a corrupt organization involved in the human trafficking of young women for the commercial sex trade according to state police. Both men recruited young women for their organization.  Crowell was responsible for posting the advertisement and communicating with customers and Schiff used drugs to lure some of the victims into prostitution and then control them according to the release.

Crowell was convicted in November and sentenced today to a minimum sentence of 39 years, four months, and a maximum of 78 years, eight months, after Judge Margaret Miller heard victim impact statements. On March 17th, co-conspirator Barry Charles Schiff will be sentenced.  

We were proud to be in the courtroom today to support the brave women who detailed the unimaginable harm these defendants caused,” said Corporal Gregg Kravitsky with the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation. “Thanks to their courage, and with the support of our law enforcement partners, we were able deliver justice for the victims of this sex trafficking operation.”

The trial was prosecuted by Senior Deputy Attorney General Heather Castellino with support from Administrative Assistant Cassandra Gillies.

Crowell and Schiff exploited vulnerable young women for nearly three years in a sex trafficking organization,” said Attorney General Shapiro. “I’m proud of the work that the Pennsylvania State Police and our Office have done to liberate and reunite these women with their families. My Office is determined to protect victims of Human Trafficking and put those who perpetrate it behind bars.”