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Child Sex Trafficker Sentenced To 26 Years In Prison

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Michigan

          GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN — U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan Mark Totten today announced that Torey Franklin, 29, of Grand Rapids, was sentenced to 26 years in federal prison.  In December 2023, Franklin pleaded guilty to sex trafficking a minor in 2022.                              

          “Torey Franklin’s crime – trafficking a minor for sex – was heinous,” said U.S. Attorney Totten. “Human trafficking of any kind – for sex or for labor, of children and of adults – is a scourge. We are fully committed to protecting survivors and holding traffickers accountable for their crimes.”

          Authorities arrested Franklin at a hotel in 2022, after he offered the “services” of an underaged girl to an undercover detective from the Kent County Sheriff’s Office. Hours before the arrest, investigators from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had discovered an advertisement for the girl on an adult dating website.

          FBI agents grew concerned that the girl was under the age of 18. They worked with Kent County officials to arrange a “date” with the victim as part of an interagency, undercover operation focused on combating human trafficking within the Western District of Michigan. That operation culminated in the arrest of Franklin. The girl was safely returned to the custody of her guardian.

          Afterwards, investigators uncovered evidence that Franklin had been trafficking his victim for weeks. Franklin would post ads for his victim, negotiate prices and sexual acts with prospective customers, and then transport the minor to multiple locations for the “sex dates” he had arranged. Afterwards, he would receive payment, often through a popular money-sharing application. 

          “The FBI’s commitment to combatting child exploitation and human trafficking is unwavering, as shown in our nationwide initiatives such as Operation Cross Country,” said Cheyvoryea Gibson, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Michigan. “The outcome of this investigation and sentencing would not be possible without partnerships with our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners, and the dedicated men and women of this office. For FBI Michigan, the work does not end here, and we will continue to focus our efforts on protecting our children.”

          Preventing and deterring human trafficking remains a high priority for the U.S. Department of Justice. If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking, help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via the National Human Trafficking Hotline by calling (888) 373-7888 or by texting “INFO” to 233733. Information is also available on the hotline website:



Updated April 10, 2024

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