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KY man sentenced to 10 years for human trafficking

HENDERSON COUNTY, KY (KFVS) -

A Kentucky man was sentenced to ten years for human trafficking on Monday, Nov. 9.

Jathar Williams, of Henderson, Kentucky, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to human trafficking for recruiting two minors to engage in commercial sex acts, according to U.S. Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

“Prosecution of those who exploit the young and vulnerable in our community is a top priority of this office,” Kuhn said. “We know that every instance of human trafficking forces the victims into a crucible of suffering. We also know this crime is occurring far more than it’s being reported. 

According to the plea agreement, Williams made contact with a 15-year-old girl through a social media website in March 2014.

Williams arranged to meet the 15 year old as well as her 17-year-old female friend.

According to court documents, he picked them up in Evansville, Indiana, and drove them to his home in Henderson, telling the girls he could help them make between $700 and $800 a day by performing sex acts.

Williams admitted that between March 16, 2014 and March 21, 2014, he drove the two minor females to the Sugar Creek Inn in Henderson, where he arranged for men to come to the hotel to engage in sex acts with the two minor females in exchange for money.

Williams also admitted that he knowingly recruited, enticed, harbored, transported, provided, obtained and maintained by any means, the two minor females, who had not attained the age of 18 years, and caused the minors to engage in commercial sex acts.

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