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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 24, 2019

East Hartford Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Sex Trafficking of a Minor

John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that ALEXANDER PEDRAZA, 28, of East Hartford, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden in Bridgeport to 120 months of imprisonment, followed by five years of supervised release, for sex trafficking of a minor. 

According to court documents and statements made in court, Pedraza promoted the prostitution of a 16-year-old girl by advertising the victim’s prostitution services and soliciting clients on Backpage.com.  In March 2017, he harbored the victim in motel rooms he rented in Hartford, Windsor and East Windsor, where clients met the victim and paid for sex acts.  Pedraza also had sexual contact with the victim.

The investigation also revealed that, between September and December 2016, Pedraza engaged in sex trafficking of at least two 18-year-old females.

Pedraza has been detained since his arrest on May 26, 2017.  On February 11, 2019, he pleaded guilty to one count of sex trafficking of a minor.

This investigating was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the East Windsor Police Department, through the Connecticut Human Trafficking Task Force.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Neeraj N. Patel and Sarala V. Nagala.

Topic(s): 
Human Trafficking
Project Safe Childhood
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Updated June 24, 2019