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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Judge Sentenced Philadelphia Man For Sex Trafficking Children

PHILADELPHIA - Craig Johnson, 42, a/k/a AGeez,@ of Philadelphia, PA, was sentenced today to 288 months (24 years) in prison for two counts of sex trafficking of minors. Johnson operated a prostitution venture in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  As part of that venture, in June 2012, Johnson recruited young females, ages 15 and 16, respectively, to work as prostitutes.  He also created Internet advertisements in which he advertised various females as available for purchase for purposes of prostitution. These advertisements featured pictures of the prostitutes, either scantily clad or partially nude, the price for an encounter, and a phone number to call to arrange a meeting with a prostitute.  Johnson pleaded guilty to the charges on June 13, 2013.

In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Court Judge C. Darnell Jones, II, ordered 10 years of supervised release and ordered Johnson to pay $10,400, per victim, in restitution. 

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Philadelphia Police Department Special Victims Unit, with assistance from the Philadelphia District Attorney=s Office and the Bucks County District Attorney=s Office.  It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michelle L. Morgan.

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