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Memphis Man Sentenced For Interstate Transportation For Purpose
Of Prostitution In Connection With Sex Trafficking Scheme

January 30, 2012

Memphis, Tenn. - Charles Kizer, 53, from Memphis, Tenn., was sentenced late Friday by U.S. District
Judge Samuel H. Mays, Jr. to 10 years in prison for violating the Mann Act, announced United States
Attorney Edward L. Stanton, III.

Kizer pleaded guilty in federal court on Aug. 31, 2011, to violating the Mann Act by transporting a woman
across state lines for the purpose of having her engage in prostitution. As part of the plea, Kizer admitted
that between Aug. 1, 2010, and Sept. 1, 2010, he drove an 18 year-old woman across state lines from
Memphis, Tenn., to West Memphis, Ark., to engage in prostitution at a truck stop. Evidence presented
at the sentencing showed that Kizer used threats of force and violence to create a climate of fear to cause
the woman to engage in prostitution for his financial gain.

“The defendant’s actions robbed this vulnerable young woman of her freedom and dignity,” said Thomas
E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. “We will continue to prosecute those
who engage in such reprehensible conduct of coercion and exploitation.”

“Human trafficking is tragically a widespread form of modern-day slavery. This office – in particular, our
dedicated Civil Rights Unit - will continue our efforts to rescue victims of trafficking by vigorously
pursuing and prosecuting those who seek to exploit them,” said U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton, III.

“Sex trafficking is an unconscionable crime and a violation of human rights that the FBI is dedicated to
eradicating from our free society,“ said Aaron T. Ford, Special Agent in Charge of the Memphis Division
of the FBI. “FBI Memphis is proud of the role that it played in bringing this matter to justice, and
protecting and defending those who may not be able to evade or escape the grip of sex trafficking.”

The case has been 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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