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Tampa Man Arrested And Charged With Trafficking Two Teen Girls

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida

Tampa, Florida – Luis Berrios-Trinidad (29, Tampa) has been arrested on a criminal complaint charging him with the human trafficking of minors. If convicted, Berrios-Trinidad faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years, up to life, in federal prison.  

According to court documents beginning on May 23, 2019, Homeland Security Investigations agents engaged in undercover communications with Berrios-Trinidad regarding his representations that he was offering underage girls for sex acts in exchange for money. From May 23 to June 6, 2019, agents continued to communicate with Berrios-Trinidad and ultimately set up a meeting with him. On June 6, 2019, Berrios-Trinidad brought two minor girls to a Tampa-area hotel for the express purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts with the undercover agents, who were posing as adult male customers. Shortly after his arrival at the hotel, Berrios-Trinidad was arrested and the two girls were taken into protective custody.

A criminal complaint is merely an allegation that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.

This case is being investigated by Homeland Security Investigations. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Candace Rich.  

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

Updated June 17, 2019

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Project Safe Childhood