Former NFL Player Among 8 Arrested On Human Trafficking, Gang Charges

Eight people are charged on Thursday with trafficking four women and one girl, as well as other gang-related offenses. Eric Johnson, who played six seasons in the NFL between 2000 and 2005, is one of them.

Attorney General Chris Carr says the “LOTTO Gang,”  According to FOX 5 Atlanta. Members are accused of trafficking people for s*xual slavery, violating the street gang terrorism and prevention act, conspiring to break the RICO law, aggravated assault, and kidnapping.

Carr claimed that all eight gang members had been found after a month-long investigation. He asserts that the LOTTO gang used the proceeds from human trafficking to support its members and buy things like firearms.

The LOTTO gang is the subject of a lengthy indictment, including 41 “predicate and overt acts” between October 2021 and July 2022 that were pledged. There, it is claimed that the gang detained the women they trafficked against their will and used violence to keep them in line.

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“Throughout our state, gangs are actively engaged in human trafficking as a primary means to make money, and we are using all available resources to fight back and protect our most vulnerable,” Carr said via FOX 5 Atlanta.

“By combining the strengths of our Human Trafficking and Gang Prosecution Units, we are working to ensure that those who lead, promote and encourage this unlawful activity are vigorously pursued and held accountable for their actions. This indictment is just the latest outcome in our ongoing efforts to keep our children and families safe as we seek to root out violent crime wherever it occurs.”

Former NFL Player Among 8 Arrested On Human Trafficking

Johnson, known as “EJ” in the gang,  is accused of violating the Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act, trafficking in persons for s*xual servitude, and RICO.
After leaving Nebraska, the 46-year-old signed with the Oakland Raiders, where he played from 2000 to 2003. He was best known for leading the team’s special teams unit, and in 2003, when the Raiders lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII, he scored on a blocked punt by Tim Johnson. Following a season with the Atlanta Falcons in 2004, Johnson spent his final campaign with the Arizona Cardinals.

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