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New Jersey man sentenced for taking a Minnesota girl to Denver for prostitution

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 1, 2012


MINNEAPOLIS – Earlier today in federal court, a 43-year-old New Jersey man was
sentenced for enticing a 16-year-old Minnesota girl to engage in prostitution. United States
District Court Judge Ann D. Montgomery sentenced Floyd Henry, of Newark, New Jersey, to
100 months in federal prison, along with ten years of supervised release, on one count of
inducing travel to engage in criminal sexual activity. Henry was indicted on March 8, 2011, and
pleaded guilty on January 6, 2012.

In his plea agreement, Henry admitted that in the fall of 2009, he met the victim in front of
Cream nightclub in Minneapolis and invited her to party with him. The victim also met Henry
the following evening, when Henry admittedly invited her to travel to Denver. Henry then
arranged for an adult female to drive the victim to Denver while he flew there. He paid for the
victim’s hotel room and directed the adult woman to take photographs of the victim to post on
Backpage.com. Henry also instructed the victim on how to prostitute herself, how much to
charge for various sexual acts, and how to identify uncover law enforcement. In addition, Henry
received money from the victim after she engaged in sexual activity.

This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the
Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, and the U.S. Immigration and Customs
Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney
Kimberly A. Svendsen.

Earlier this year, Yuri Fedotov, the head of the United Nations’ Office on Drugs and Crime
reported to those attending a U.N. General Assembly meeting that an estimated 2.4 million
people worldwide are victims of human trafficking at any one time, with 80 percent of them
being exploited as sex slaves. He also said that approximately $32 billion is earned collectively
every year by the criminals who operate human trafficking networks. The U.S. Department of Justice reports that an estimated 14,500 to 17,500 people are trafficked annually within the U.S.
alone.

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