Jason Gatlin, 42, of Miami, Florida, is convicted of sex trafficking of a minor, production of child pornography, and witness tampering. “The defendant tricked the 17-year-old victim into believing that he loved her and wanted to marry her. He enticed her with his attention and drugs, gave her money for sex, took photos of them having sex, and lied to her,” authorities stated.
Authorities in Lincoln, Nebraska, arrested six men total on charges of suspicion of enticement and suspicion for soliciting a prostitute. Police said they also agreed online to pay for sex and were willing to meet at the hotel to have sex with a 15-year-old girl. During the operation, officials also corresponded with four women and referred them to advocates to see if they were being trafficked.
Pvt. David Guerra, 19, was arrested by military police at Fort Carson, where he is stationed, and is charged with soliciting for child prostitution, patronizing a prostituted child, inducement of child prostitution, and keeping a place of child prostitution, according to the Colorado Springs Police Department.
Louis Remont, 60, of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, is charged with multiple crimes, including exploitation of a vulnerable adult, abuse of a vulnerable adult and prostitution-accepting money from a prostitute. Forrest County Chief Investigator Capt. Phillip Hendricks spotted suspicious activity around Remont’s truck at a rest area and investigated. “The passenger was a developmentally disabled female and the driver was a three-time convicted sex offender, and he was actually pimping her out to people at the rest area,” Hendricks said.
During a three-week investigation into the alleged human trafficking activity, Pineville, North Carolina Police say an adult woman came forward asking for help for herself and her two children. Officials say the victim was being held against her will by Thomas Antione Miller, 26, and Shakeeta Lasha Adams, 25. “Unspeakable violent acts” against the woman happened in front of her children.
Deandre James, 43, of Phoenix, Arizona, had been found guilty last month on 19 counts, including sexual conduct with a minor and child sex trafficking. James convinced a 15-year-old girl to work as a prostitute for him in 2015 and split the money with her. He also had sex with the girl and gave her drugs.
More than 100 people in three central Ohio counties have been arrested in a massive human trafficking and internet sex sting. Among those charged include Austin Kosier, a 31-year-old doctor, who worked in the emergency department at Genesis Healthcare System and Christian Gibson, 26, a youth director in training at Redeemer’s at Courtright Church. Both men are charged with two felonies – attempted unlawful conduct with a minor and importuning. Kosier and Gibson are also accused of traveling to meet a 15-year-old girl to engage in sexual activity.
James Arthur Powell, 32, of Sacramento, California, had pleaded guilty to charges of trafficking a minor, pimping and pandering. In addition to the prison sentence, Powell will have to register as a sex offender. Through an investigation by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, it was found that Powell was trafficking the victims from Sacramento to Los Angeles and Ventura counties to engage in commercial sex activities.
Texas man Cesar Valdez-Perez, 36, faces charges of child trafficking and forging government documents. Valdez-Perez forced a 15-year-old Guatemalan girl to work at a restaurant to pay off a $10,000 debt for her being smuggled into the United States. The suspect pretended to be the victim’s father providing restaurant staff with forged citizenship documentation.
Emanuel Moore, 32, of Philadelphia, Mississippi, is charged with kidnapping and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Mississippi Highway Patrol Trooper Clay Moore attempted to assist Moore with his disabled vehicle when he noticed a 15-year-old girl inside of the car. Upon interview with the child it was discovered that she was a victim of commercial sexual exploitation and missing in Georgia. Moore was out on bond for statutory rape of the same child.
Tremont “Mack” Blakemore, 39, was arrested at a Fort Worth, TX. house in connection to a sex-trafficking ring. At least 15 woman were found, but controlled upward of 100 women. Some women would have sex with 10 people in one night in order to make her quota.
The FBI is asking for help identifying information regarding an unknown male who might have critical information pertaining to the identity of a child victim in an ongoing sexual exploitation investigation.
Already a registered sex offender, Jeremy David Rogers, 44, of Chesterfield, MO, was charged today in U.S. District Court in St. Louis with sex trafficking of a child. Rogers paid $200 to a 17-year-old St. Louis County high school athlete for sex. A criminal complaint claims that Rogers reached out to the teen on Snapchat. Rogers pleaded guilty last year to attempted sexual exploitation of a minor in Boone County and was sentenced to five years of probation.
Long Van, 38, of Wichita, KS, was charged with aggravated human trafficking of a 15-year-old girl. Van, a registered sex offender, was already on Community Corrections for a conviction of commercial sexual exploitation of a child in 2017. A search on the teen’s phone uncovered more than 2900 messages between her and and Van in which they discussed exchanging money for sex and enlisting the teen to recruit other girls for sex.
Hamlett “recruited and enticed two minor female victims to engage in prostitution at hotels in Hartford and Wethersfield” between August and November 2017 and to “solicit clients for the minors, Hamlett took sexually explicit photographs of each minor and submitted them to the website Backpage,” the release said, citing evidence presented during his trial.
Crystal Watson, 36, from Newark, New Jersey, was arrested and charged with sexual servitude with a child, aid and abet and sexual child abuse. According to arrest warrants, Watson is accused of sex trafficking a child under the age of 15.
Maria Perez of San Antonio, TX was 25 when she fell victim to human trafficking. Perez said the man she was dating at the time suddenly changed and one night he kidnapped her—throwing her in the trunk of a car and driving across the border into Mexico. Perez is now a community activist, sharing her story and making it her mission to alert the community about the dangers that lurk around every corner in San Antonio and Texas.
Nicholas Cochran, 28, of Lima, OH, who’s a registered sex offender, coerced a 14-year-old girl to have sex with men for money. The Justice Department announced Friday it has filed child sex trafficking, child pornography and other charges against Cochran. Prosecutors say he connected with the teenage girl on Snapchat.
Dr. Albert Aiad-Toss, 52, of Canfield, OH, has been indicted on four counts of sex trafficking a minor and one count of production of child pornography. Authorities say Aiad-Toss allegedly “used force, threats of force, fraud or other coercion to cause three minor victims to engage in commercial sex acts” in June. The victims involved were between the ages of 12 and 14 years old.
Darius Thames, 42, Trey Stewart, 26, and Emily Draheim, 28, all of Flint, MI, have been sentenced for their roles in torturing and trafficking a woman for sex at their Flint home. The trio tortured the victim, stripped her, duct taped her to the floor, and forced the victim to have sex with multiple people, who paid Thames for the encounters.
Russell Alan Baize, 63, of Stamford, TX was indicted Thursday for Online Solicitation of a Minor after an undercover operation targeting online child predators was conducted by the Abilene Police Department, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Baize was reportedly heavily active on social media, which was his primary platform for preying on minors.
Led by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office in Houston, TX, the six-night operation began on July 29 and used undercover officers to rescue those being held against their will and connect them with resources to escape their abusers. The operation ended Aug. 3, when officers made contact with human trafficking victims and their traffickers. The victims were detained and taken to a fire department where a team of social service providers were waiting to help.
In New Jersey, Aldophus Mims, a 42 year old male from Charlotte, North Carolina was sentenced to forty (40) years in a New Jersey State Prsion after being found guilty of four counts of first degree Human Trafficking, three counts of first degree Promoting Prostitution, two counts of second degree Sexual Assuault, one count of third degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and two counts of third degree Distribution of Heroin.
A Louisville woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal human trafficking charges. According to court documents, the defendant used violence, threats, fear, and intimidation to coerce two young women to engage in commercial sex acts in the Louisville area between September and October 2017.
New Jersey Rabbi Aryeh Goodman, 37, of East Brunswick, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for his involvement in the human trafficking and prostitution of a 17-year old girl. Goodman met the teen at a hotel and paid to have sex with her after answering an online advertisement for the girl, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. At the time of his arrest, he was running a religious learning center out of his home.
Pomona, CA police working to combat human trafficking and prostitution in their city rescued the third teenage human trafficking victim in the past two weeks on Friday. “Upon further investigation, officers discovered that the female was actually a 17-year-old minor who had been the victim of human trafficking since the age of 15 years old,” the Pomona Police Department said in a written statement.
A Toledo, OH man will spend the next 35 years behind bars after he was sentenced for sex trafficking involving a minor. Lawrence Jones, 32, previously pleaded guilty to one count of sex trafficking of a minor and one count of sexual exploitation of a minor. Jones met the minor via social media who had run away from home and transported the girl to a home in Toledo, where he took nude photographs of her and posted them online, offering commercial sex acts in the Toledo area.
A jury in Salt Lake City, UT convicted a man of multiple felony charges including aggravated human trafficking-against two women. James Savage Brown was convicted of the following charges: aggravated human trafficking for forced sexual exploitation, aggravated kidnapping, rape, forcible sodomy, aggravated exploitation of prostitution and tampering with a witness.
A 15-year-old female victim of human trafficking was rescued Tuesday during an undercover police operation in Pomona. Pomona police use such undercover operations to allow victims of human trafficking the opportunity to speak with law enforcement and victims’ advocates in an effort to help them relocate to safe locations.
A California man will spend the next 18 years in federal prison for sex trafficking victims in the Kansas City area. Ronald Ean Taylor pleaded guilty to sex counts of sex trafficking of an adult. He also admitted that he used force, fraud or coercion to cause six child victims to engage in prostitution.
A former Stafford County high school track and field coach who is already behind bars for sexually abusing children and soliciting an underage victim for prostitution is facing additional charges in Spotsylvania County. Jackson has been convicted of multiple counts of taking indecent liberties with a child and soliciting prostitution in Stafford County.
Newly revealed police video takes us inside Jeffrey Epstein’s Florida mansion. The video comes from a 2005 investigation of Epstein’s relationships with underage girls. The footage shows what appears to be the ground floor of Epstein’s home, the upstairs and pool area.
In a first of its kind case here in Georgia, four sex-trafficking survivors have filed a lawsuit against four metro Atlanta hotels, claiming the hotels profited from and participated in sex trafficking. The complaint also alleges a sign was a front desk fixture there for years declaring “no refunds after 15 minutes,” encouraging commercial sex for a one-night rate.
News that Epstein, a billionaire who made his money as a financier, used Teterboro as home base for his fleet of private planes, and that he allegedly trafficked underage girls through the airport, was first reported last week by NorthJersey.com and the USA TODAY NETWORK.
“We had a 30 percent turnover rate in the first month,” Brian says. “Some we attributed to addiction, some to trauma bond [with former captors]. There are constantly things pulling them back into that life.”
Two residents of Rigby, ID. Joseph Lavern Harris, 32, was sentenced to 25 years and Elizabeth Dawn Evans, 28, was sentenced to 15 years for crimes related to owning and making child pornography. Officials also found Evans with electronic devices and discovered images of the sexual abuse taken on her phone.
Virginia Roberts Giuffre released a photograph from 2001 when she was 17 showing Prince Andrew standing in a London apartment with his hand around her bare midriff. A second woman, Johanna Sjoberg has said in recently unsealed legal filings in the same case that Prince Andrew posed for another photograph touching her breast while at the same time touching the breast of Ms. Giuffrie with a puppet of himself.
Felipe Pina, 28 of Mesa, AZ. is facing six counts related to child prostitution, according to court documents. Those counts include permitting a minor in his custody to engage in prostitution, receiving a benefit for placing a minor in the custody of someone for prostitution and transporting a minor for the purpose of prostitution. The boys he had contact with were between the ages of 11-15 yrs. old.
Sean David Rix, 53, from Las Vegas, was arrested in early August by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police department for two counts of attempted commercial sexual exploitation of a minor. Authorities explained that the charge is in relation to a subject attempting to purchase sexually explicit photos from the minor.
Sergio Webb, 29 Montgomery, AL. has been indicted on charges of capital murder, murder, and human trafficking first degree. The murder counts stem from the death of Melissa Metcalf, Webb is charged with human trafficking for a different victim.
Attorney General Ashley Moody held a meeting Wednesday with the Statewide Council on Human trafficking in Tampa. Hillsborough County Sheriff Chronister and Pasco County Sheriff Nocco spoke to address the Super Bowl being held in Tampa in 2021.
lorida students in grades K-12 would be taught about child-trafficking prevention, under a rule proposed by state education officials. The intent of the rule is to have “every school in Florida be a ‘child trafficking free zone,’ ” according to the proposed regulation published by the Florida Department of Education Tuesday.
Corey Deshundon Henderson, 40 is convicted of selling a woman and a girl to men for sex over a nine-month period has been sentenced to 99 years in prison in the first human trafficking case to be tried in Navarro County, TX. Jurors heard evidence that Henderson would slap, punch and choke his victims when they told him that they didn’t want to participate. Henderson would also utilize drugs and withhold food to gain compliance,
Epstein, 66, died two days after writing his will. According to the suits, two of the plaintiffs were 17 at the time the alleged assaults began and one was 20. His death is no impediment to their pursuit of civil claims. A complex system of individuals” that worked “in concert and at his direction for the purpose of harming teenage girls through sexual exploitation, abuse and trafficking.”
“We’re doing creative activities that are fun, meaningful and memorable,” says Lynch. “The girls we work with, their nervous systems change. They feel excited, hopeful, elevated, open, alive. We have a front-row seat to people transforming and healing.”
Gary Wiggins, 49, and Meghann Wiggins, 34 of Burnet County, MO. face human trafficking charges related to a July 2018 investigation. The two knowingly trafficked four boys and made them do forced labor and services. The Burnet County Sheriff’s Office removed eight males ages 10-17 years from the Joshua Home facility. If convicted, they could each face up to 99 years in prison.
Now that pedophile billionaire Jeffrey Epstein is dead, the 57-year-old socialite is the last one standing in a wide-ranging probe into sex-trafficking in Florida and New York of underage girls among the great and the good. One woman claimed that the statuesque heiress also participated in sex romps with the young girls.
20-year-old Sadie Baca was charged with sex trafficking and obstruction of justice Friday in D.C. District Court. Working alongside local law enforcement agencies, officials said undercover officers scanned social media and escort sites looking for what appeared to be children advertising sex. The officers would then set up a fake date, meet up with the victims, try to help them, and eventually make an effort to arrest their traffickers.
Several locations in the Pittsburgh area were raided in an investigation of an alleged human trafficking ring that authorities say was being run through massage parlors in Florida, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
“I told them that he didn’t want to come… there was no reason to bring him and he didn’t want to come. He didn’t want to go through all that. I also told them that the Marshall’s service didn’t want to go through the hassle and everyone was fine with that.”
“With this extradition, the defendant Jose Miguel Melendez-Rojas will be held accountable in a United States court for sex trafficking women and girls and related crimes. “Melendez-Rojas was flown thousands of miles back to New York, N.Y. to face charges.“The Department of Justice is committed to prosecuting to the fullest extent of the law those who profit from forcing vulnerable victims into sexual servitude.”
Salinas, CA. police detectives found eight girls, aged 14-18, being exploited by a group of four men. Two of the girls were only 14 years old. Daniel Amaro received 14 years and Abriam Ibarra received 20 years in prison. Both were sentenced on sex trafficking charges, but Ibarra had additional charges of sex with minors.
A man washes dishes in the back of a diner. A teenage girl waits in a car parked at a rest stop. And a woman leans against the gleaming wall of a hotel lobby. None of these scenes appear out of the ordinary—but the dishwasher isn’t getting paid, the teenager isn’t waiting for a parent to finish pumping gas, and the woman isn’t entering a room by choice.
Tax filings show that Maxwell donated $350 to Girls Educational and Mentoring Services ( GEMS), a charity created “to give the girls and young women of NYC who had been commercially sexually exploited a place for support and a place to create positive change in their lives,” according to its website.
Collins was convicted on four counts of trafficking individuals, three counts of involuntary servitude, one count of rape, one count of aggravated assault, and one count of strangulation. It’s the first-ever conviction involving trafficking of adults in the city.
More than 70% of labor trafficking survivors say they travel on planes to the U.S. as part of their recruitment, according to a July 2018 Polaris report. And nearly 40% of human trafficking survivors and traffickers reported flying for the purposes of exploitation.
Patrick D. Falte, 29, of Franklin, TN. was sentenced to 35 years for running “the Giftbox Exchange” which is a website haven for sophisticated predators to produce and spread deplorable depictions of child sexual abuse including a “Babies & Toddlers” section.. To access the website, users were required to upload and share images and videos of children being sexually abused before gaining entry to the site.
More than 100 child sex trafficking victims were rescued across the U.S. last month in an effort code-named Operation Independence Day that involved sweeps in Las Vegas, Atlanta and Seattle and resulted in 67 arrests.
Jeffrey Epstein accused of orchestrating a sex-trafficking ring had been taken off suicide watch before he killed himself in a New York jail. “Unequivocally, he should have been on active suicide watch and therefore under direct and constant supervision,” Cameron Lindsay said.
“Most of our kids identify as bisexual. And, that’s because they’ve been sold to this person or that person, males and females. So, they don’t know what their gender is,” said Lynn Caffery, Executive Director of the shelter Safe Harbor Youth in Huntsville.
Geoffrey Rogers, co-founder and CEO of the U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking, told The Epoch Times previously that the child trafficking problem in the United States is an “epidemic that’s continuing to spin out of control.” “I’m outraged at the fact there’s over 100,000 kids in America that are sold for sex every single day,” he said.
“What we are also outraged about is—where is the outrage?”
With this new digital age, parents have a lot more to worry about when it comes to their kids’ online presence. With several reports of online predators and human trafficking, authorities are reminding parents to watch out for potentially dangerous apps that their kids may be exposed to.
A Tennessee sex trafficking victim sentenced to life in prison as a teenager is now free, and her release is a milestone in the fight to end trafficking. Cyntoia Brown shot and killed a man who solicited her for sex 15 years ago.
Seven child trafficking victims — the youngest just 15 years old — were rescued in Georgia during a month-long, operation, the FBI announced Tuesday. They were among 103 child victims recovered across the nation in an investigation that involved more than 400 agencies. Sixty-seven sex traffickers were also arrested, authorities said.
Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said: “This kind of conduct, particularly juveniles, is simply unacceptable in the state of Minnesota and frankly everywhere. “She was a juvenile at the time. We have special laws to protect our juveniles, and we are going to enforce them.” The girl was reportedly given front-row VIP seats to one of Kelly’s performances after the incident and when her brother asked how she got the tickets she revealed what happened.
Weinstein’s lawyers had sought to take the unusual step of immediately appealing Judge Robert W. Sweet’s ruling last August that the proverbial Hollywood casting couch – in which aspiring actors and actresses are promised valuable professional opportunities in exchange for sexual favors – could be considered a “commercial sex act.”
Aldridge, Lankford and Murphy rented hotel rooms for the woman to engage in commercial sex acts, as well as transporting the woman to “out calls” to hotel rooms and other locations to engage in commercial sex acts, including transporting her across state lines. Aldridge allegedly provided narcotics, including heroin, to the woman to recruit, entice and maintain the woman throughout the course of her engaging in commercial sex acts.
A four year old girl was found 1,200 miles from her home in the hands of suspected human traffickers — and authorities think her mother handed her over to them. The child was pretty much given to a pimp, an associate of a pimp or family of the pimp for keeping before she traveled to Louisiana.”
A 20-year-old New Orleans, LA man is facing numerous charges related to human trafficking after allegedly leading police on a chase through the city before crashing into a light pole with an underage girl in his vehicle. Tyrin Evans is charged with 14 offenses charges in total, including trafficking of children for sexual purposes.
Della Lou Griffin, 53, of Bowie County, TX. llegedly arranged for a female relative to engage in sex with an adult. Griffin was allegedly paid by the man for sex with the girl, according to a probable cause affidavit
Two bikers from Tampa, FL. are driving over 2,000 miles to let Sturgis know that human trafficking is no longer acceptable and bikers have a responsibility to solve this problem. Over 500,000 bikers plan on attending Sturgis this year, which means the voice of Rainey and Doc can be multiplied across America and spread to the millions.
Asking to help them spread the word on Facebook about a missing girl, a re-sounding alarm was immediately set off. There was no time to waste, because within 24 hours Sally could have been sold and lost forever within the underground network of human trafficking.
A 9-year-old boy is safe after police say he was kidnapped and almost trafficked to another city, but police were able to track him down just in time. Police spent the entire night tracking down the child until he was found inside a car at a local grocery store.
Now, she’s not only an advocate, but she’s been appointed by Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody to the Direct Support Organization for the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking, a new initiative to come out of the new Florida law.
Steven Tylor Cook, 29, “We were able to convince one of the individuals that were being trafficked to not live in fear, trust us, come forward and build a case around her,” he said. “With an individual like this, who’s so engaged in criminal behavior, deplorable behavior like human trafficking, today his arrest was not just a win for us as a sheriff’s office, but us as a community.”
Arrests include individuals from the metro area as well as Oklahoma, Michigan, Florida, and Virginia. One arrest from Florida is Corey Myers, age 29. He was charged with felony enticement of a child to meet for sexual purposes. Police say he arranged to meet a 14-year-old boy who was really a detective.
The department says the 12-year-old was a runaway “who was possibly being sex trafficked.” “You have Comic-Con. We have a cyber patrol that we do. In three hours, we had 45 calls of buyers.” Ugarte said. These patrollers look for potential buyers on the internet and intercept them before they prey on children.
The four males were alleged “johns” while the woman allegedly was selling sex,. The county is committed to proactively investigating and holding those accountable that buy, sell or trade human beings for sex slavery, said Sheriff Jesse Slaughter.
The Sarasota County, FL. Sheriff’s Office arrested 25 people during Operation Intercept. The four-day crackdown focused on protecting children from online predators and human trafficking. “The men arrested during this operation managed to blend into society and attempted to prey on children by developing a trust through promises to exploit them for sexual purposes.”
Raymond Fredericks of Aurora, Co. was arrested in 2018 on allegations that he sexually assaulted two girls, ages 14 and 15. “After being released from treatment, he reverted to the problem that got him into trouble the first time, he immediately got back online and engaged in the same behaviors.”
In a recent court filing, prosecutors said that entities controlled by Mr. Epstein own at least two private jets in active service, and that at least one of them is capable of traveling internationally. He frequently traveled by private jet between his homes in New York and Palm Beach, Fla., according to the indictment against him.
One man, Shavar Allen Manuel, 22, of Tampa, FL. had a child in the back seat of his car while soliciting sex. “To put an end to sex trafficking, it’s very clear that something needs to be done about the buyers, “without buyers, there is no business. Every John off of our streets, we believe we’re potentially protecting a human trafficking victim.”
Corey Smith, 37, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Senior Judge George A. O’Toole Jr. to one count of transportation of a minor for purposes of prostitution and two counts of transportation of an individual with intent to engage in prostitution. The plea agreement, the parties recommend a sentence of about 12 years in prison and three years of supervised release.
Lance Hamilton, 30, of Foch Boulevard, pleaded guilty on Jan. 23 to one-count of sex trafficking before Acting Queens Supreme Court Justice Peter F. Vallone Jr., who sentenced him to five to 10 years in prison. Hamilton was sentenced to up to 10 years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to forcing a teenage girl into the sex trade.
WHYY does not typically publish rape victims’ names. However, Alicia Cohen wants to go public with her story to empower sex trafficking survivors, said her attorney, Dan Stephenson. 39-year-old, Cohen is reclaiming her memories and wants to hold her father accountable.
An indictment made public Friday in federal court in Alexandria charges Lebanese-American businessman George Nader, 60, with transporting a 14-year-old boy from Europe to Washington, D.C., in February 2000 and engaging in sex acts with him. Nader also pleaded guilty to a charge of transporting child-pornography images in Virginia in 1991. Nader is jailed as he awaits trial, which is set for Sept. 30.
A former Lake Worth High School teacher Todd Bush was arrested in Orange County, Florida on Thursday for trying to arrange sex with a 10-year-old girl. Bush is currently on sexual offender probation after trying to arrange sex with a 12-year-old girl in 2011.
“The team just received a $100,000 donation from the Harry W. Bass Jr Foundation. The foundation says they were appalled by Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged crimes, but they found a positive way to make a difference with their donation to Pedal the Pacific.”
Jury found infamous Oklahoma City, Ok. pimp Germaine Coulter, 45 guilty on one count of child sex trafficking and one count of conspiracy to sex traffic a child. Coulter with his then-girlfriend Elizabeth Andrade conspired to recruit minors from an Edmond high school for commercial sex work.
He faces up to life in prison.
According to evidence presented at his trial, Parks trafficked two vulnerable minor victims— a 16-year-old girl (Girl 1) and a 15-year-old girl (Girl 2) for commercial sex. According to trial testimony, Parks met Girl 1 online. During their communications, he learned that she was hungry and had no real place to live. He offered her a place to stay. Parks sent a car to pick the girl up, and within a day, had advertisements posted on a website that marketed commercial sex workers.