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Tampa Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Sex-Trafficking Teenaged Girls

Luis Berrios-Trinidad | US Attorney | Crime

He told an undercover officer that he had access to girls ranging in age from 14-17 years old, and that the price per girl was between $160-180 an hour.

TAMPA – A federal judge sentenced a Tampa man to 11 years and 3 months in federal prison for sex trafficking of minors, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida.

Luis Berrios-Trinidad, 30, of Tampa, was also ordered to forfeit a Glock 19 9mm handgun and cellular phone, both of which were used during the commission of the offenses. Berrios-Trinidad pleaded guilty Jan. 30.

According to court documents, in May 2019, Berrios-Trinidad began communicating with undercover law enforcement agents regarding the commercial sex trafficking of underage girls. Berrios-Trinidad represented that he had access to girls ranging in age from 14-17 years old, and that the price per girl was between $160-180 an hour.

On June 6, 2019, Berrios-Trinidad arranged to bring two underage females to a hotel for a “sex party” with adult men. On that evening, he arrived with two girls, ages 14 and 17. Once inside the hotel room, Berrios-Trinidad was arrested and the victims were rescued.

“Two young girls were saved from a life of human trafficking with this investigation,” said Homeland Security Investigations tampa Assistant Special Agent in Charge Michael Cochran. “HSI agents will continue to uncover, dismantle and disrupt human trafficking, around the globe, and right here in our own communities.”

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