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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Connecticut

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Bridgeport Man Pleads Guilty to Sex Trafficking of a Minor

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JASON PRAWL, also known as “Boots,” 29, of Bridgeport, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to one count of sex trafficking of a minor.

According to court documents and statements made in court, PRAWL recruited, harbored and transported a 17-year-old female to engage in commercial acts. Beginning in approximately December 2015, the minor victim began to see prostitution clients at PRAWL’s residence. PRAWL used the website Backpage.com to advertise the minor victim’s services, which were priced at $80 for 10 to 15 minutes, $100 for 30 minutes, and $150 for an hour. The minor victim saw approximately four clients a day for approximately 30 days, and PRAWL took approximately $20 from each appointment. PRAWL also would take money for gas and other expenses when he would drive the minor victim to appointments away from his residence.

PRAWL has been detained since his arrest on related state charges on March 9, 2016.

Judge Shea scheduled sentencing for July 31, 2017, at which time PRAWL faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a maximum term of imprisonment of life.

PRAWL also has agreed to pay restitution of $2,500 to the minor victim, and $10,080 to a second minor victim of PRAWL’s prostitution enterprise.

This matter is being investigated by the Connecticut Human Trafficking Task Force, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations, Connecticut State Police, Bridgeport Police Department and Milford Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sarala V. Nagala and David E. Novick.

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Human Trafficking
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Updated May 9, 2017