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Memphis Man Pleads Guilty To Sex Trafficking Of A Minor

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

Memphis, TN – A Memphis man pleaded guilty yesterday to the sex trafficking of a 16-year-old girl, announced U.S. Attorney Edward L. Stanton III of the Western District of Tennessee, Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, and Special Agent in Charge Todd McCall of the FBI’s Memphis Division.

“This office will utilize every available resource to ensure our children are protected from those who seek to exploit them through the unspeakable act of sex trafficking,” said U.S. Attorney Stanton. “Laron Matlock’s guilty plea should send a clear message that we have zero tolerance for any form of sex trafficking, and those who engage in it will be aggressively prosecuted and ultimately brought to justice.”

During his plea hearing, Laron Matlock, 33, of Memphis, admitted that he purchased a bus ticket for a 16-year-old girl to travel from Chicago to Memphis on July 28, 2012, for the purpose of engaging in prostitution. Matlock further admitted to transporting the victim from Memphis to Nashville for the purpose of prostitution. Matlock was arrested on Aug. 1, 2012, after he returned to Memphis with the victim and attempted to take her to a customer’s house for the purpose of prostitution.

Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 30, 2015, before Senior U.S. District Judge Jon Phipps McCalla of the Western District of Tennessee.

This case was investigated by the Civil Rights Human Trafficking Taskforce, the FBI’s Memphis Division and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Department. This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Brian K. Coleman of the Western District of Tennessee and Trial Attorney Mi Yung Park of the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section.

Updated March 19, 2015