Nashville man convicted of human trafficking 13-year-old girl

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — A Nashville man has been convicted in the human trafficking of a 13-year-old girl.

Brittan Ezekiel Kettles, aka “Low Low,” 26, was convicted Thursday to federal charges of conspiracy to sex traffic a person under the age of 14 and sex trafficking a person under the age of 14. Another person, Stormy Whittemore also pleaded guilty in the case and is awaiting sentencing.

The U.S. Attorney Don Cochran of the Middle District of Tennessee said Kettles hired Whittemore, who was 18 years old at the time, in June 2016 for his prostitution enterprise. Kettles apparently used Instagram to contact Whittemore, who had never prostituted herself before.

Whittemore posted ads on a Backpage website known for prostitution. After a few days, Kettles recruited Whittemore's 13-year-old friend. 

The young teen then prostituted herself on behalf of Kettles and Whittemore at a hotel near Nashville International Airport. 

After each encounter, the 13-year-old would give Whittemore or Kettles the money she earned. Over the course of the weekend the teen worked, Kettles bought her food, clothes and paid to get her nails done at the salon before she was returned to her residence.

According to the report, the teen victim apparently made $800 over the weekend. She asked Kettles and Whittemore for $200 of that money, but the duo only left $15 in the teen's mailbox.

Shortly after, the teen's mom reported that her daughter had been sex trafficked and the 13-year-old identifies Kettles and Whittemore as the suspects who trafficked her.

The FBI and Metro Police worked this case.