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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, September 26, 2018

New Orleans Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Conspiracy to Engage in the Sex Trafficking of a Minor

United States Attorney Brandon J. Fremin announced that Chief U.S. District Judge Shelly D. Dick sentenced UDRAKA ROBERTS-BEY, age 28, of New Orleans, Louisiana, to 105 months in federal prison following his conviction of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of a minor.  The Court further sentenced ROBERTS-BEY to five years of supervised release following his term of imprisonment. 

ROBERTS-BEY and another conspired to recruit and induce a 15-year-old female to engage in prostitution and benefit financially from their pay-for-sex enterprise at locations in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. ROBERTS-BEY promoted their prostitution business by using the website “backpage.com” to post classified advertisements in the Baton Rouge Female Escorts section for commercial sex acts.

U.S. Attorney Fremin stated, “This conviction and sentence reflects how seriously we in the federal system treat these types of despicable acts. The message is simple: Those who prey upon minors in an effort to lure them into prostitution and human trafficking will be dealt with harshly by my office. I commend the outstanding efforts of the prosecutors and our federal, state and local partners who collaborated on this very important matter.”

This matter is being handled by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Louisiana, the FBI New Orleans Division, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, and Louisiana State Police, with assistance from the East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s Office and U.S. Department of Homeland Security – Homeland Security Investigations. The criminal case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Paul L. Pugliese and Assistant District Attorney Steve Danielson.

Topic(s): 
Human Trafficking
Project Safe Childhood
Updated October 2, 2018