A Sacramento woman has been sentenced to 24 years and four months in prison for sex trafficking of minors.
Shanntaye Ebony Hicks, 25, was sentenced Thursday for two counts of transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release.
Court documents indicate that Hicks recruited at least four victims age 13 to 17 to engage in criminal sexual activity. She posted advertisements soliciting customers to have sex with the teenagers, received telephone calls from customers and negotiated prices, authorities said. She took the victims to the customers, and collected the money customers gave the victims.
Authorities said Hicks targeted vulnerable teens, some of whom were runaways, befriended them and provided them with drugs and alcohol. She also brandished a handgun and used threats of violence to prevent them from fleeing.
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Hicks brought one of her teenage victims to several cities in California and Nevada for the purpose of engaging in sex acts for money, authorities said.
The case resulted from an investigation by the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force, Innocence Lost National Initiative, which includes FBI agents and Sacramento Police Department detectives. The Bakersfield and Las Vegas police departments assisted in the investigation.