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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 3, 2019

Philadelphia Man Sentenced to 27 Years for Sex Trafficking of Children and for Training Others to Engage in Sex Trafficking

PHILADELPHIA – First Assistant United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that Collin Cowell, a/k/a “Tyson,” 29, was sentenced to 324 months’ incarceration and 20 years’ supervised release by United States District Court Judge J. Curtis Joyner for his scheme to organize and manage a trafficking venture with ‘employees’ whom he trained to sell young girls into sexual conduct.  The defendant is also required to register as a sex offender.

The defendant was convicted in March 2018 of sex trafficking and aiding and abetting the sex trafficking of three minor children, two of whom were only 15 years old, in Philadelphia and elsewhere.  He was also convicted of the distribution of child pornography for posting a sexually explicit image of two of the young girls on backpage.com, a website Cowell and his co-defendants used to advertise the minors for commercial sex acts with sex buyers, which financially benefited him directly.  The defendant not only led the trafficking operation, he trained those working under him to engage in sex trafficking.

“Cowell’s crimes were devastating to his minor victims,” said First Assistant U.S. Attorney Williams. “Today’s sentence of almost three decades incarceration reflects the seriousness of his crimes and the irrevocable damage he caused, all in pursuit of financial gain. We will continue to work collectively to investigate these destructive crimes against vulnerable children.”

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Melanie Babb Wilmoth

Topic(s): 
Human Trafficking
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Updated October 4, 2019