Jose Torres Biography, Jose Torres Wiki
Jose Torres is a New Jersey man who has been arrested by federal authorities on charges that accuse him of luring commercial sex workers to travel to him and then using violence, force, and threats against them. Torres was arrested on February 14, 2020, but sex workers tell Heavy he has been known as a “predator” in their community for several years. Sex workers dubbed him “Joey the Player,” among other nicknames, and shared his photo, social media profiles, phone numbers, emails, and other information through informal whisper networks that the community uses to keep each other safe.
Jose Torres Age
He is 42 years olf.
Jose Torres Education
Jose Torres graduated from Rutgers University and is a certified public accountant, according to a now-deleted profile on his company’s website. He was listed on the website as a managing director, a position he has held since at least 2019.
Jose Torres Bio and Career
His bio on the website states, “Jose has over 18 years of professional experience advising clients on business and accounting issues, assisting clients in improving their accounting operations and providing accounting support. Jose has served as the CFO and Controller for several organizations and has extensive experience in SOX compliance, audit readiness, SEC Reporting, SEC filings, US GAAP and IFRS, with a focus on serving public and private companies. Jose has extensive international accounting experience and has traveled in the United States and worldwide to serve client needs. Jose Torres is a certified public accountant.”
The website adds that in prior jobs, “Jose held a broad range of senior-level business consulting positions. His responsibilities were focused on business development, leading teams, delivering on client advisory services and working on complex accounting transactions.”
Torres’ company did not immediately respond to a request for comment about him from Heavy and it is not clear if he is still employed there. His profile was removed from the New Jersey accounting firm’s website after his arrest.
Who is Jose Torres
Torres, who works as a managing director at an accounting firm, was arrested on Valentine’s Day in Massachusetts and charged with two counts of coercion and enticement, according to a press release from federal prosecutors. The charges each carry a potential sentence of up to 20 years in federal prison. Torres’ attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Heavy.
Jose Torres “Luring Commercial Sex Workers” Case
“From May 2015 to October 2019, Torres persuaded, induced and enticed commercial sex workers to travel from various out of state locations, including Canada and New York, in order to engage in prostitution. Torres lured commercial sex workers to New Jersey with promises of large payments. When the commercial sex workers asked for payment, Torres became aggressive, often assaulting and raping them. Torres never paid the sex workers,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey said in the press release.
Luring Commercial Sex Workers
The case against Jose Torres is based on two victims who came forward with accusations against him, according to the criminal complaint filed by prosecutors, which includes an affidavit from FBI Special Agent Michael Scimeca. He wrote that Torres would lure female commercial sex workers from escort service websites to travel out of state or out of their country to come to the Middlesex County, New Jersey, area and surrounding areas, to engage in prostitution.
Scimeca wrote, “In each instance, Torres lures a female commercial sex worker to New Jersey with promises of large sums of payment. In each instance, when the commercial sex worker asked for payment, Torres becomes aggressive, often assaulting and raping her. Moreover, Torres never pays them for services.”
Jose Torres Victims
According to Scimeca, law enforcement identified and located several of Torres’ victims. In an October 2019 incident, Torres contacted a sex worker from Canada through a phone call and said he had seen her number on an advertisement on a website. He said he was willing to pay her $20,000 to $30,000 per month to fly to the U.S. to be his private escort, according to the FBI. He told the woman she would come to the U.S. at least twice a month.
“While Torres offered to purchase Victim-2’s flight, Victim-2 opted to do it herself in order to not disclose her personal information and passport number,” Scimeca wrote. She flew from Canada to Newark, New Jersey, and was met by Torres at the airport, according to court documents. He then drove her to a hotel.
“Once they got to the hotel room, Victim-2 asked for payment and Torres became aggressive,” Scimeca wrote. “When Victim-2 threatened to leave, Torres told her he was a police officer. Scared of the possible consequences of getting turned in, Victim-2 remained in the room and Torres then forced her to engage in rough sexual intercourse, which included slapping her in the face, choking her and calling her derogatory names.”