ICE Nabs Two Michigan Men for
Human Trafficking Scam
DETROIT, Michigan (ICE) — Two men were arrested by ICE special
agents February 15 for forcing at least four women from the Ukraine
to work as exotic dancers at a strip club.
to the criminal complaint, Michail Aronov, 32, who is a citizen
of Lithuania, and Aleksander Maksimenko, 25, a U.S. citizen, are
suspected of recruiting women from the Ukraine to travel to the
United States under the guise of working as waitresses here. Once
the women arrived in the U.S., they were forced to work at “Cheetah’s”
were forced to work 12 hours per day, six days a week to pay off
$12,000 in travel expenses and another $10,000 for identification
documentation. The men took all of the money the women were paid
by customers of the club as payment for these “expenses.”
The complaint said two of the women had been forced to work since
May. The other two were recruited as strippers overseas and arrived
in the United States in September with their husbands. They have
not seen or spoken to their husbands since their arrival.
were driven to their work from their apartment and back again.
There was no telephone in their apartment. The complaint also
states the women were intimidated, hit and threatened with death.