Ridgeland Police and FBI Bust Local Man on Human Trafficking Charges

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney John K. Bramlett, Jr., announced today that Jerrell Leashaun Jackson, 33, was sentenced to serve 40 years for one count of human trafficking and three counts of sexual battery by Circuit Court Judge John H. Emfinger. The time will have to be served day for day without the chance of early release or parole. Jackson will have to register as a sex offender after he is released from custody.

On June 26, 2019, the Ridgeland Police Department received a complaint about possible inappropriate contact between underage females and an adult male. Through a joint investigation with the Ridgeland Police Department, the FBI, and others, it was discovered that the victims were brought to Ridgeland wherein they were forced into sexual acts.

Rather than proceed to trial, Jackson pleaded guilty to his Madison County charges on September 1, 2020. He is still currently awaiting trial through the US District Court for related charges.

District Attorney John K. Bramlett stated, “This case is an example that human trafficking is a real problem that affects real families in our communities. Thankfully, the Ridgeland Police Department, the FBI, and other agencies were able to identify these victims and build a solid case against the man who was abusing them for his own gain.”

Name: Jerrell Leashaun Jackson
Date of Birth: 04/21/1987