A man from Cleveland, Ohio pleaded guilty in federal court in Sacramento on Thursday to transporting minors to California for the purpose of prostitution.
Jarrail Lamont Smith, 23, traveled from Cleveland to California with two underage victims in August 2015 with the expectation that the two minors would engage in commercial sex acts, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release. After arriving in Northern California, Smith directed the victims to post online advertisements for sexual services. An investigation found multiple advertisements posted in the Bay area and Sacramento that featured photographs of both victims.
After receiving a tip that a minor was being trafficked at a motel in Sacramento, the FBI initiated a sting operation to recover her. The operation was successful, and agents found the other underage victim in the same hotel room. One of the victims had two black eyes when the FBI found her, authorities said.
Smith is to be sentenced Aug. 4 by U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley.
The case resulted from an investigation by the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force, which is made up of FBI agents and detectives from the Sacramento Police Department.