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Highlands County Man Indicted for Sex Trafficking

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

MIAMI – A federal grand jury in Fort Pierce, Florida has returned an indictment charging Shannima Yuantrell Session, aka Shalamar, 46, of Lake Placid, Fla. with 10 counts of sex trafficking.

According to court documents, between 2011 and 2019, Session allegedly trafficked 10 female victims (7 adults and 3 minors). It is alleged that Session recruited his victims through violence and threats, among other things; including offers of drugs, employment, and romantic relationships. Once Session had gained compliance from his victims, he then trafficked them for sex primarily in rural areas of Highlands County for his own profit.

If convicted, Session faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison, with a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, as well as a maximum of lifetime supervised release. Session is being held in custody pending trial.

U.S. Attorney Markenzy Lapointe for the Southern District of Florida, Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey B. Veltri of the FBI, Miami Field Office, and Sheriff Paul Blackman of Highlands County Sheriff’s Office made the announcement.

FBI Miami and Highlands County Sheriff’s Office investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Justin Hoover and Trial Attorneys Leah Branch and Elizabeth Hutson of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division are prosecuting it.

An indictment contains mere allegations, and all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at or at under case number 22-cr-14074.



Public Affairs Unit

U.S. Attorney’s Office

Southern District of Florida

Updated June 22, 2023

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