Two California men pleaded guilty Tuesday to sex trafficking crimes for enticing two teenage girls to come to Las Vegas from Oakland to work as prostitutes in 2013.
Ray Darnell Webb, 19, and Seagram Joshua Miller, 21, both pleaded guilty to one felony count of coercion and enticement and are to be sentenced on April 29.
They face up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine and will have to register as sex offenders.
The girls were 12 and 16.
“We must work together as a community to prevent children from getting involved with sex trafficking,” Nevada U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said. “The pimps who scour the streets, schools, and online communities preying on boys and girls are predators and we will work with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners to ensure that they are prosecuted.”
According to their plea agreements, Webb and Miller in early 2013 met the 12-year-old girl in Oakland, where she was working as a prostitute and persuaded her to work for them. Later, Miller met the 16-year-old girl on Facebook and employed her as a prostitute.
Eventually, the defendants and the two teenagers traveled to Las Vegas to earn money in prostitution and caught the eye of investigators, prosecutors alleged.
The cases were investigated by the FBI and Metropolitan Police Department and were prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Nicholas D. Dickinson and Phillip N. Smith, Jr.
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