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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of California

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Chicago Man Sentenced to 10.5 Years in Prison for Sex Trafficking of Underage Girl in Sacramento Area

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Marquist Piere Bradford, 29, of Chicago, was sentenced today to 10 and a half years in prison for sex trafficking of minors, U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, Bradford recruited a 15-year-old girl to travel from Fresno to Sacramento where she was used by Bradford as part of a prostitution business from January 19 through February 5, 2012. Bradford maintained an apartment in Rancho Cordova that he used as a base of operations for a prostitution business that spanned the Sacramento and Bay areas, as well as cities outside California. At least two of Bradford’s victims were under the age of 18. Bradford fled from Sacramento to the Chicago area after he became aware of law enforcement’s investigation of this case.

US Attorney Wagner stated: “The U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to ensuring that the weakest and most vulnerable in our society receive the full protections to which they are entitled as Americans. Few are weaker and more vulnerable than the child victims of commercial sexual exploitation. This office is attacking the problem with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. Since the beginning of 2011, 20 defendants have been sentenced in federal court for this offense with sentences ranging from five to 50 years in prison.”

“Exploiters like Bradford profit from trafficking vulnerable minors, using violence and threats to control the victims,” said Supervisory Special Agent Maria Johnson of the FBI's Sacramento field office. “The FBI and our task force partners are committed to recovering exploited minors and ensuring their traffickers face justice.”

Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones stated: “This resolution demonstrates the commitment of the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department in combatting human trafficking in our region, and the importance of ongoing collaborations between law enforcement agencies on all levels. Crimes involving human trafficking and the Internet occur in a dynamic environment that requires advanced investigative techniques. This case was an opportunity to stem the flow of crimes affecting human trafficking victims nationwide.”

This case was the product of an investigation by the Sacramento FBI Innocence Lost Task Force and the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. Assistant United States Attorney Matthew G. Morris prosecuted the case.

Human Trafficking
Press Release Number: 
2:12-cr-126 MCE
Updated May 14, 2015