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August 31, 2011

Memphis, TN - Edward L. Stanton, III, United States Attorney for the Western District of
Tennessee, Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division of the U.S.
Department of Justice, and Todd McCall, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Memphis Field Office
of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced today that Charles Kizer, 52, pleaded guilty to violating
the Mann Act by transporting an individual across state lines for the purpose of having her engage in

As part of the plea, Kizer admitted that Between August 1, 2010 and September 1, 2010, Kizer
drove an 18 year-old woman across state lines from Memphis, Tennessee to West Memphis, Arkansas,
to engage in prostitution at a truck stop.

Kizer faces up to 10 years in prison. Sentencing has been set for December 9, 2011 before United
States District Judge Samuel H. Mays.

In a brief filed yesterday, prosecutors wrote that if Kizer proceeded to trial, they expected to
present evidence that Kizer violently beat the 18-year old woman and another woman when they refused
to engage in prostitution for him and threatened to kill them if they ever left him. Prosecutors also
expected to present evidence that Kizer used the women’s crack cocaine addictions to manipulate them
into prostituting for him.

“We will continue to aggressively prosecute people like Charles Kizer who prey upon and exploit
the most vulnerable among us,” said United States Attorney Edward L. Stanton, III. “Even those who live
at the edge of society in the shadow of addiction will get the protection to which they are entitled from
the United States Department of Justice when their civil rights and liberties have been violated.”

“Commercial sexual exploitation and human trafficking are issues the FBI considers top
priorities,” said Todd McCall, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s
Memphis Field Office. “The Memphis Division of the FBI, in a cooperative effort with its law
enforcement, prosecutorial, and community partners, will continue to actively investigate and address
these civil rights violations.”

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Memphis Police
Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan Skrmetti and Civil Rights
Division Trial Attorney Saeed Mody.

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