Indianapolis man convicted of prostituting a child

January 31, 2019 | Brainwave Science

Indianapolis man convicted of prostituting a childSITUATION

A 27-year-old man named Elijah Vines was convicted on January 28 for charges involving the sex trafficking of a minor child, transportation of that child across state lines for the purpose of trafficking her, as well as involvement in an organization that promoted the prostitution of other women. Vines is a resident of Indianapolis, Indiana. Indiana is one of the many states in the United States of America.

Vines tricked a child to perform sex acts for money. United States Attorney Josh Hinkler says that Vines profited off the exploitation of a child. To hold him responsible for his acts, the federal, state and local law enforcement agencies cooperated fully. He also gave credit to the citizens for standing up and proactively holding the line on the behalf of the children of the community.

A well-known website, which advertised commercial sex, was seized by the justice department in April 2018.

Vines trafficked a minor victim in Indianapolis motels n September 2016,  after transporting her from Ohio to Indiana. Vines clicked pictures of the victim in suggestive poses, and these were found during the investigation. In these pictures, the victim was wearing clothes purchased by Vines. He used his account to advertise the victim for sex. The iCloud account of Vines showed the email responses of solicitors who wanted to have sexual contact with the child in exchange for money.

The law enforcement agencies picked this case when the victim was recovered on October 6, 2016, and was under treatment at the Riley Hospital for Children. The Metropolitan Police Department’s Vice and Human Trafficking Unit as well as the FBI were involved in the investigation of this case. The Indiana State Police provided computer forensics assistance, and Dr. Tara Harris of Riley Hospital for Children testified as an expert in Child Abuse Pediatrics.

The special agent in charge of FBI’s Indianapolis division, Grant Mendenhall emphasizes the fact that “Human Trafficking is about money, plain and simple. Mr Vines preyed upon a vulnerable child and used her as a commodity to fulfil his own greed. It is one of our fundamental responsibilities to protect the most vulnerable in our society and we are pleased that justice was served for this victim,”


2 million children are victims of child sex trafficking each year across the globe. The number is staggering, and hard to believe. Yet, the numbers are true and society as a whole seems to look the other way. 300,000 children in the United States are prostituted each year.

The state of California, United States has seen Operation Reclaim and Rebuild, in which 300+ suspects were arrested over the course of 3 days, and 50 victims were rescued. Read the case scenario here. This indicates that there are a huge number of solicitors of sex, and organizers of commercial sex as well. This is a national as well as a global phenomenon. In order to stop this sort of human trafficking, the solicitors must be identified and prosecuted. The organizers and the pimps must be found out and punished. The victims need a new lease of life where there is no exploitation and torture.

A huge number of suspects have been arrested in a 3-day state-wide raid in California. A vast amount of information about this business of trafficking is known to the victims, customers and perpetrators. However, the cost, manpower requirement and time-requirement associated with processing such a huge quantity suspects are humungous. There will be a need to re-visit many suspects after fresh information is recovered from the interrogation of other suspects.

Law enforcement agencies cannot neglect other routine cases in order to investigate these cases. All in all, there is a need for a revamp if the investigation process. There is a need for the screening process to be time-bound, fool-proof and reliable.

Investigators across the globe envisage the need to tap into the suspect’s mind so that they could uncover invisible clues which link him or her to a crime.


Technology is omnipresent. Investigative and forensic departments can benefit greatly by embracing modern technology in order to keep up with the perpetrators. Crimes can be investigated using a novel technology which reduces the costs associated with interrogation. It can be understood that when interrogating 300+ suspects, then not only does the cost, but also the time taken get multiplied. Agencies are usually full to the brim with ongoing cases. Prostitution and its solicitors can only be defeated by running such large-scale sting operations. However, for this to succeed law enforcement only if there is a definite time-frame in which each suspect can be processed and if there is a way to reliably screen him or her.

iCognative by Brainwave Science is the latest technology in the arsenal of forensic science. It is light-years ahead of any other existing technology in the field of forensics and interrogation. Existing techniques like DNA and fingerprinting are popular but unfortunately, samples are only uncovered in 1-2% of all cases. iCognative, on the other hand, is applicable to around 85-90% of all criminal and civil cases. Never has there existed a technology which has such wide applicability and solid reliability. iCognative pinpoints and charts the very origin of deception, stored within the brain.

A iCognative test is conducted by a test administrator on a test subject using a computer system and a specialized headset. The test subject exchanges no words with the test administrator during the test. There is no torture and no coercion during the test. Unlike a Polygraph test, there are no known countermeasures to the iCognative test. It does not report any false positives or any false negatives. iCognative detects with 99.9% accuracy whether crime specific information is known to the suspect or not.

The suspect wears the headset which is equipped with an EEG sensor to measure the electrical responses to stimuli flashed on a screen within a fraction of a second. The brain responses are analyzed by the computer and the results declared immediately after the usually 45-minute long test. If the suspect recognizes the stimuli displayed on the screen a  particular response will occur. The results can be in the following two categories: “Information Present” or “Information Absent.”

The stimuli can comprise images, phrases or words related to the crime under investigation. In this case the stimuli to be used in the iCognative test of Elijah Vines can be, the details of the ads posted to advertise the victim, the pictures of the victim in suggestive poses, grabs from the CCTV footage where Vines purchase the outfit for the victim, travel records when Vines took The victim from Ohio to Indiana, the email responses of the solicitors, crime-related details from the iCloud account of Vines, etc.

Such details can not only help detect the level of involvement of Vines in the crime under investigation but also help uncover if there are organizations which he is a member of.  Traffickers cannot hide when their brainwaves are willing to confess.

iCognative system is not only helpful in human and drug trafficking, but also on law enforcement, national security, border security, immigration, cyber-crime, financial fraud, counterfeiting, prostitution, rape, kidnapping, hijacking, espionage, counter-espionage, and counter-terrorism. It is very important for law enforcement agencies to control costs and use available manpower judiciously. iCognative is an easy to deploy, highly portable, customizable and non-invasive.

Investigative agencies in Indiana and all over the world must have a versatile tool like iCognative in their toolkits so that the quality of interrogation can be maintained whether there is one suspect or 300+.

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