NAPERVILLE, Ill. — A suburban man was arrested in Denver this week and charged with sex trafficking.
The FBI raided the Naperville townhouse of 36-year-old Benjamin Biancofiori earlier this week near the end of a months-long investigation involving local officers in Naperville and Carol Stream.
Biancofiori’s criminal record goes back to the 90’s, when he was just 18 and charged with beating and robbing a popular suburban teen who later took his own life.
The FBI says Biancofiori is a violent pimp with a long criminal record and known gang affiliations. He was considered so dangerous, they brought in the FBI’s SWAT team to make the arrest.
He is charged with sex trafficking, abusing women and forcing them into prostitution.
“What he would do is the defendant would promise these women financial security … and offer them money to perform commercial sex acts,” says Special Agent Garrett Croon.
Biancofiori would allegedly keep almost all the money, investigators said. Beanz would advertise on websites like backpage.com and set up the meetings with clients and arrange the exchange of cash for sex. But when the women refused to obey, the feds say he’d respond with threats, coercion and beatings.
Biancofiore is still being held in Denver. He’ll be returned to Chicago to appear in federal court. The court date hasn’t yet been set yet. The count of sex trafficking carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.