Houston-Area Woman Charged with Obstruction of the Enforcement of the Federal Criminal Sex Trafficking Statute

Published 8:43 am Saturday, January 29, 2022

NEW ORLEANS –  U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that DAJANAE DRAKE, age 28, from Missouri City, Texas, was charged today in a one-count bill of information with obstruction, attempted obstruction, and interference with the enforcement of the federal criminal sex trafficking statute, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1591(d).  According to court documents, the criminal acts occurred between about June 25, 2021, and November 28, 2021.

If convicted, DRAKE faces a maximum term of up to twenty-five (25) years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000.00, up to five (5) years of supervised release after imprisonment, and a mandatory $100 special assessment fee per count.

U. S. Attorney Evans reiterated that a bill of information is merely a charge and that the guilt of the defendant must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc.  For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”

U.S. Attorney Evans praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office in this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Jordan Ginsberg is in charge of the prosecution.