How a Father and Son Used Drug Addiction, Violence and Dating Sex to Run a Detroit Brothel

DETROIT – A father and son have been convicted of using crack cocaine, heroin and threats of violence to coerce drug-addicted women into sex dates at the drug and brothel house of the duet to Detroit.

Eligah Goodmon, 68, and her son, Erskin Bernard Perryman, 49, both of Detroit, were arrested in February 2020, but their sentencing dates have been delayed due to the covid pandemic, according to the authorities.

They pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking using force and coercion, as well as firearms and drug offenses, U.S. Attorney Dawn Ison said.

Goodmon was sentenced Friday, Jan. 21, to 111 months in federal prison. Perryman was sentenced in March 2021 to 180 months in federal prison.

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How the operation worked

Court records show Goodmon and Perryman ran the drug and prostitution house on Hazelwood Street in Detroit.

Officials said Goodmon lived in the house, while Perryman showed up every day to supply crack cocaine and heroin to drug-addicted women who also lived there.

“These defendants treated their victims like a commodity,” Ison said. “They targeted vulnerable women and exploited them for their own gain and fueled their addiction by supplying them with drugs.”

The women in the house allegedly buy drugs from Perryman while performing commercial sex dates, authorities say.

If the women did not comply with Perryman’s demands, the repercussions were violent, according to court records.

“These defendants exploited their victims in the worst way,” said Josh Hauxhurst, the acting special agent in charge of the FBI’s Detroit field office. “By watering their victims with drugs, forcing them to engage in sex work and subjecting them to violence if they refused, the defendants deprived these women of the freedom and dignity to which they are entitled.

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Goodmon would collect money from commercial sex dates, administer the drugs to the women and monitor their drug use, authorities said.

“We hope (this) sentence offers these victims a sense of justice and closure and sends the message that we will not tolerate sex trafficking in our communities,” Ison said.

FBI special agents investigated the case.

“The FBI remains committed to working on behalf of victims across the state to hold traffickers accountable for their crimes,” Hauxhurst said.

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