TAMPA, FL — A 30-year-old Tampa man will spend the next 11 years and three months in federal prison after pleading guilty to trafficking a 14-year-old girl and a 17-year-old girl for sex.
U.S. District Judge Susan Bucklew sentenced Luis Berrios-Trinidad to federal prison for bringing the two teen girls to a sex party for men at a Tampa hotel, charging the men $160 to $190 an hour to have sex with the girls.
According to court documents, in May 2019, Berrios-Trinidad began unknowingly communicating with undercover law enforcement agents about trading the teen girls for sex. Berrios-Trinidad said he had access to girls ranging in age from 14-17 years old.
On June 6, 2019, Berrios-Trinidad arranged to bring two underage females to a hotel for a sex party. That evening, he arrived with two girls, ages 14 and 17. Once inside the hotel room, Berrios-Trinidad was arrested and the victims were rescued. Law enforcement also confiscated a cell phone and Glock 19 9mm handgun from Berrios-Trinidad, both use during the commission of the crime.
Berrios-Trinidad pleaded guilty to human trafficking charges on Jan. 30.
“Two young girls were saved from a life of human trafficking with this investigation,” said Homeland Security Tampa Assistant Special Agent in Charge Michael Cochran. “HSI agents will continue to uncover, dismantle and disrupt human trafficking, around the globe, and right here in our own communities.”
This case was part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims.
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