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2 plead guilty to transporting teens to work as prostitutes

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Updated: 1/21 3:17 pm
LAS VEGAS – Two California men pleaded guilty today to felony sex trafficking crimes for inducing and enticing two minor girls to travel from Oakland, Calif., to Las Vegas to work as prostitutes.

Ray Darnell Webb, 19, and Seagram Joshua Miller, 21, both of Hayward, Calif., pleaded guilty to one count of coercion and enticement.

U.S. District Judge Kent J. Dawson is scheduled to sentence them April 29. They face up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, and will have to register as sex offenders.
FYI: The documentary "Trafficked No More" will air at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday on News 3.

“We must work together as a community to prevent children from getting involved with sex trafficking,” said Daniel G. Bogden, U.S. attorney for the District of Nevada. “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, in early 2013, Webb and Miller met one of the victims, a 12-year-old female, in Oakland, Calif. where she was working as a prostitute. Shortly thereafter, the 12-year-old began working as a prostitute for Webb and Miller and provided the money she made working as a prostitute to them.

In April, Miller met a 16-year-old female on Facebook, and she also began working as a prostitute for Miller and Webb. Later, the men and the two minor girls decided to travel to Las Vegas to make money. Before leaving, Webb and the 16-year-old girl posted an advertisement on MyRedbook.com so that they would have dates lined up when they arrived in Las Vegas.

The advertisement contained photographs of the 16-year-old.

On April 29, the men and two minor girls drove from Oakland to Las Vegas and stayed in a rented hotel room on Las Vegas Boulevard. Both girls worked as prostitutes on April 30 and in early May.

The cases were investigated the FBI and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, as part of the Innocence Lost Task Force. The cases were prosecuted by Assistant U.S. attorneys Nicholas D. Dickinson and Phillip N. Smith Jr.

– From news release
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