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Middle District of Florida

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Texas Man Sentenced To 8 Years For Enticing A Woman To Travel Across State Lines To Engage In Prostitution

Jacksonville, Florida – U.S. District Judge Marcia Morales Howard has sentenced Erwin Phillips Burley (29, Houston, TX) to eight years in federal prison for enticing a woman to travel across state lines to engage in prostitution. The Court also ordered him to pay restitution to the victims in the case.


Burley pleaded guilty on May 9, 2017.


In July 2016, law enforcement officers received information that Burley was offering women for prostitution in the Jacksonville area. Further investigation resulted in the identification of a woman who said she had been picked up in New Orleans, Louisiana and transported to Jacksonville to engage in prostitution for Burley. 


“This defendant exploited the victim for his own benefit,” said Charles P. Spencer, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Jacksonville Division. “Human trafficking offenders, like this, pose a threat to the overall safety of our communities, and the FBI is committed to working tirelessly with our law enforcement partners to identify these predators, and seek justice for the heinous acts they commit."


“I appreciate the investigators for their work on this case,” said FDLE Special Agent in Charge John Burke. “FDLE is committed to assisting our law enforcement partners in keeping our Florida communities safe.” 


This case was investigated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Jacksonville Sherriff’s Office. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ashley Washington.

Human Trafficking
Updated January 18, 2018