St. Petersburg Woman Sentenced to Life in Human Trafficking Case
A jury found her guilty of prostituting a 14-year-old female to men in exchange for money.
ST. PETERSBURG – A St. Petersburg woman was sentenced to life in prison after a jury found her guilty of human trafficking in a case involving a 14-year-old girl, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said.
She was found guilty Thursday (Jan. 24) of prostituting the teen to men in exchange for money. Pinellas sheriff’s detectives arrested her Oct. 28, 2016.
Deputies began their investigation Oct. 20, 2016, when the 14-year-old told them she was having sexual encounters with men for money.
The teen said that she ran away from her home Oct. 2, 2016, and needed a place to stay when she was introduced Seymour.
Seymour rented a motel room for the teen; and in return, the teen agreed to engage in prostitution. Seymour took photographs of the victim wearing only panties and a tank top and posted the images on the backpage.com webpage for the purpose of promoting prostitution, deputies said.
Detectives say men responded to the advertisements and each paid $180 to have sexual relations with the girl. Seymour would then collect more than half the money for herself.
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