An Ohio man has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for transporting minors to California to engage in commercial sex activities.
Jarrail Lamont Smith, 24, of Cleveland was sentenced Thursday in Sacramento by U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley for two counts of interstate transportation of a minor for the purpose of prostitution, according to a U.S. attorney’s office news release.
Court documents indicate that in August 2015, Smith traveled from Cleveland to California with two minors with the expectation that they would engage in commercial sex activities for his benefit. Once they arrived in California, the victims were directed to post online advertisements for sexual services.
Investigators discovered advertisements posted in Sacramento and the Bay Area featuring photographs of the victims, authorities said.
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After receiving a tip that one of the minors was being trafficked at a motel in Sacramento, the FBI’s Child Exploitation task Force initiated a sting. The operation was successful and law enforcement agents found the other victim in the same room. One of the victims had two black eyes when she was found.
The Child Exploitation Task Force comprises FBI agents and detectives from the Sacramento and Roseville police departments.