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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, August 14, 2017

Bridgeport Man Sentenced to More Than 12 Years in Federal Prison for Sex Trafficking 2 Minor Girls

Deirdre M. Daly, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that JASON PRAWL, also known as “Boots,” 29, of Bridgeport, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to 151 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for trafficking two minors to engage in sex.

According to court documents and statements made in court, PRAWL recruited, harbored and transported two minor victims to engage in commercial acts. In the summer of 2015, PRAWL began promoting a 17-year-old female to engage in prostitution. PRAWL arranged prostitution appointments for the victim that were priced at $60 for 10 minutes, $100 for 30 minutes, $150 to $200 for an hour, and $500 or more for longer than an hour. PRAWL kept all of the money that the victim earned.

Beginning in approximately December 2015, a second 17-year-old victim began to see prostitution clients at PRAWL’s residence. PRAWL used the website Backpage.com to advertise the minor victim’s services, and the victim saw approximately four clients a day for approximately 30 days. PRAWL took approximately $20 from each appointment, as well as money for gas and other expenses when he would drive the minor victim to appointments away from his residence.

The investigation revealed that PRAWL attempted to recruit a third minor into prostitution.

Judge Shea ordered PRAWL to pay restitution of $10,080 to the first minor victim and $2,500 to the second minor victim.

PRAWL has been detained since his arrest on related state charges on March 9, 2016. On May 9, 2017, he pleaded guilty to one count of sex trafficking of a minor.

This matter was 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 was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sarala V. Nagala and David E. Novick.

Topic(s): 
Human Trafficking
Project Safe Childhood
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Updated August 14, 2017