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

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

South Carolina Man Sentenced for Sex Trafficking a Child

NORFOLK, Va. – Travis C. Brown, 25, of Columbia, South Carolina, was sentenced today to 126 months in prison for his role in a conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of a child.  Brown was also sentenced to 10 years of supervised release and will be required to register as a sex offender upon release from prison. 

Brown pleaded guilty on June 7.  According to court documents, in March 2016, the Virginia Beach Police Department (VBPD) discovered a minor female who was being prostituted out of a hotel in Virginia Beach by Brown and a co-conspirator.  Brown met the minor female through some friends at a hotel room party during which she was supplied with alcohol, marijuana, and the drug “molly.”  Two days after meeting her, Brown and his co-conspirator bought the girl lingerie and took her to another hotel where they posed her and took photographs of her to post Internet advertisements for commercial sex acts. Brown then arranged appointments for her, set the prices for her acts, provided condoms, monitored the progress of her appointments by text message, and collected the proceeds she earned.  After a tip from the management at the hotel where the girl was taking appointments and another source, VBPD rescued the girl and arrested Brown. 

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and James A Cervera, Chief of Virginia Beach Police, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Mark S. Davis.  Assistant U.S. Attorney V. Kathleen Dougherty prosecuted 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. 2:16cr81.

Human Trafficking
Updated September 13, 2016