Special Victims Section

New York City Man Charged By Indictment With Murder And Sex Trafficking

Earlier today at the United States District Court in Brooklyn a 10-count indictment was unsealed charging Somorie Moses, also known as “Somorie Barfield,” “Sugar Bear,” “Bear” and “Daddy,” with the 2017 murder of Leondra Foster, and with sex trafficking eight women.

Since 2003, Moses allegedly forced women and girls, including minors, into prostitution for his benefit using violence, threats of violence, and psychological manipulation.  

After meeting his victims, Moses used false promises of love and marriage to initiate sexual relationships with them before demanding that they work as prostitutes and turn over the money they earned to him. Additionally, Moses used brutal beatings, rape, torture, and threats to coerce his victims to work in prostitution in Brooklyn and Queens and to comply with his orders and pressured many of his victims into getting his first name, “Somorie,” tattooed on their bodies. 

During their investigation, investigators learned that Moses, when one victim refused to engage in prostitution, used a taser against her until she complied.  On another occasion, he slashed a victim’s arms and back with a razor and beat her with a belt before pouring lemon juice on her wounds, leaving her permanently scarred.  When another victim didn’t do as Moses ordered, he beat her with an extension cord and threatened to rub salt in her wounds.  Another victim told Moses she didn’t want to work as a prostitute so he put a shotgun in her mouth and threatened to kill her and her child.

On January 13, 2017, Moses allegedly murdered Leondra Foster, one of his many sex trafficking victims. Allegedly, he beat her until she died and the following morning, used a knife and a saw to dismember Foster’s body inside their shared apartment in Brooklyn, New York.  

Four days later, on the morning of January 17, 2017, Moses brought Foster’s torso and limbs to the Bronx for disposal at a sanitation site.  Foster’s head, hands and feet — including a foot with the name “Somorie” tattooed on it — were subsequently recovered by law enforcement inside the deep freezer of Moses’s apartment.

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