A man is charged with false imprisonment and aggravated kidnapping after he held a 19-year-old hostage for sex trafficking in Lakeland.
Derri Smith discusses parallels in cases involving teen girls and older men, most recently two AMBER Alerts involving 15 year-old girls.
Marcus D. Washington was sentenced today to 10 years in prison followed by 3 years of supervised release. Washington pleaded guilty on November 21, 2016, to one count of conspiracy to commit commercial sex trafficking by force, among multiple other charges.
Thomas de Matteis, formerly employed by NASA, was sentenced on Feb. 27, 2017 to serve 10 years in federal prison for coercing or enticing a minor to engage in sexual activity. Matteis pleaded guilty to this charge in November 2016.