HASTINGS, Minn. (WCCO) – A 19-year-old Burnsville, Minn. man has been charged with forcing the woman pregnant with his child into prostitution.
According to the criminal complaint, a woman reported being forced into prostitution by Javed Mookhtr Mobin after she was arrested at a hotel in Burnsville on Jan. 11.
An undercover officer arrested the woman after setting up a meeting at the hotel earlier that day.
Investigators had traced the number posted on a Backpages.com escort ad to Mobin. The officer also observed Mobin loitering near the hotel.
The woman, who says she is currently seven months pregnant with Mobin’s child, told officers that Mobin has beaten her, choked her to the point of nearly passing out and told her that he would kill her if she ever tried to go to the police or “do business” behind his back and hide money from him. She told police she was given $250 for an hour of sex and $150 for half an hour.
“Prostitution is a serious crime under any circumstances but when you have a young woman, who is seven months pregnant, it is really astounding to see this kind of behavior,” said James Backstrom, Dakota County Attorney.
According to the criminal complaint, the woman told police she has received infections from previous solicitations because she was too afraid of refusing to service men who didn’t bring condoms, for fear of retribution by Mobin.
Mobin was arrested at the Prime Rate Motel in Burnsville, where the couple has reportedly been living since Dec. 21. The clerk at the front desk said they pay $210 a week for rent.
Mobin’s mother said her son had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. She said she called police last summer to try and get help for Mobin’s girlfriend.
“When police came I said to them, he is abusing that girl,” Halimi Mobin Hussein said. “And I suspect he is prostituting her for money.”
Burnsville police said they were called. But Chief Bob Hawkins said that the young woman at the time denied that there was any abuse.
There was at least one other call to police by the mother but Hawkins says there was never enough evidence of abuse or wrongdoing to take Mobin into custody.
He is being held in the Dakota County Jail.
Mobin has been charged with felony counts of solicitation of prostitution and domestic assault by strangulation. If convicted, he could face up to 15 years in prison on the first count, and three on the second.