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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Virginia

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 26, 2016

San Bernardino Woman Pleads Guilty to Sex Trafficking a 16 Year-Old Girl

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Christina Ann Traylor, 27, of San Bernardino, California, pleaded guilty today to charges of sex trafficking a minor.

According to the statement of facts filed with the plea agreement, Traylor, together with her boyfriend, recruited the minor victim for the purposes of having her engage in commercial sex work.  Traylor caused the minor to perform commercial sex acts in Harrisonburg and Craigsville. Together with her boyfriend, Traylor drove the minor to New Orleans, Louisiana, where she demanded that the minor continue to perform commercial sex acts.  After the minor refused to prostitute, Traylor assaulted her and drove her across the country to San Bernadino, California, where Traylor forced the minor to prostitute on the street.  The minor was recovered by law enforcement and returned to Virginia. 

Traylor faces a mandatory minimum of ten years and a maximum penalty of life in prison when sentenced on December 2. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Paul M. Abbate, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, and Colonel Edwin C. Roessler Jr., Chief of the Fairfax County Police Department, made the announcement after the plea was accepted by U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Whitney Dougherty Russell is prosecuting the case.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:16CR159.

Topic(s): 
Human Trafficking
Updated August 8, 2016