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Omaha Man Sentenced for Child Sex Trafficking Offenses

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

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA – Earl Jonell Jackson, age 40, of Omaha, NE was sentenced on December 20, 2021 by United States District Court Judge Stephanie M. Rose to 120 months in prison for Transportation and Sex Trafficking of a Child. His prison term will be followed by five years of supervised release. According to court documents, Jackson pleaded guilty to the charge on August 5, 2021.

On September 8, 2020, the mother of the minor victim reported her daughter missing to the Council Bluffs Police Department. Law enforcement began their investigation and based on phone number information, they were able to locate numerous ads for prostitution posted by Jackson on, an online website where ads are posted for prostitution purposes. Prostitution ads of the minor victim were posted in the Omaha and Council Bluffs area, specifically in the Council Bluffs area in August and September of 2020.

Law enforcement further found on September 5, 2020, Jackson and the minor victim drove from Omaha to Chicago. Jackson supplied the minor victim with drugs and posted prostitution ads on in the Chicago and Highland Park, IL area numerous times in September of 2020. The minor victim was located in Chicago, Illinois.

United States Attorney Richard D. Westphal of the Southern District of Iowa made the announcement. The Council Bluffs Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case. This case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Offices for the Southern District of Iowa.


Rachel J. Scherle

Updated December 28, 2021

Human Trafficking