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Eastern District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 29, 2022

Philadelphia Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Sex Trafficking Two Teenage Girls

PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney Jacqueline C. Romero announced that Victor Clayton, 47, of Philadelphia, PA, was sentenced to 15 years in prison and 10 years of supervised release by United States District Judge R. Barclay Surrick, for sex trafficking of two minors across state lines.

In November 2022, the defendant pleaded guilty to two counts of sex trafficking of a minor, and one count of attempted sex trafficking of a minor. The charges arose from Clayton’s trafficking of a 16-year-old minor in at least four local hotels in Philadelphia in early 2018, after which he kept half of the proceeds paid to the minor by sex buyers. He then picked up that victim’s 15-year-old friend and drove both girls to Dunn, North Carolina, with the intention to cause them to engage in prostitution there. While in North Carolina, the defendant sexually assaulted the second minor, according to court papers.

“The crime that this defendant committed is one of the most devastating to victims that our Office prosecutes,” said U.S. Attorney Romero. “Clayton forced a young person, a minor child, to sell her body for his own greed and financial gain, attempted to do the same to her friend, and did, in fact, assault that girl himself. We will continue to work collectively to investigate these destructive crimes against some of the most vulnerable victims in our community.”

“What Victor Clayton put these girls through is unconscionable,” said Jacqueline Maguire, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division. “He made money off of the repeated sexual exploitation of one minor and himself sexually assaulted the other. While this sentence doesn’t erase any of that, those 15 years behind bars bring some justice for his victims, and keep him from using and abusing even one more child.”

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with assistance from the Dunn, North Carolina Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Michelle Morgan and Amanda Reinitz.

Topic(s): 
Human Trafficking
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UNITED STATES ATTORNEY’S OFFICE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA 615 Chestnut Street, Suite 1250 Philadelphia, PA 19106 JENNIFER CRANDALL Media Contact 215-861-8300 Follow @USAO_EDPA on Twitter to get the most up-to-date information about big cases and community news.
Updated September 30, 2022