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LAND O’ LAKES, FL — A Land O’ Lakes man has been sentenced to life in federal prison for paying a child sex-trafficking ring in the Philippines to produce videos of children being sexually abused for his own use.

On Thursday in Tampa, Senior U.S. District Judge Virginia Hernandez Covington sent Christopher John Streeter, 63, to prison for life for his involvement in sex trafficking involving children under the age of 14. Streeter pleaded guilty on Oct. 15.

According to court documents, from September 2018 through June 2019, Streeter, who owned a yacht brokerage and repair business, paid to have child sex abuse videos produced using children in the Philippines.

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The children —some as young as 12 and 13 years old —were particularly vulnerable due to poverty and illness, according to Homeland Security Investigations in Tampa.

The money Streeter sent to the sex-trafficking ring in the Philippines covered various production costs, hotel rooms, transportation and a commission for the recruiting of children by the sex traffickers. In return, Streeter received videos and images of children taking part of various sex acts, which Streeter told the recruiters to have them perform.

The Tampa Bay Human Trafficking Task Force of the Middle District of Florida said Streeter paid top dollar for videos and photos showing young girls losing their virginity and enduring various forms of sexual violence. He paid additional money for emergency contraception pills and, when the sex acts resulted in pregnancies, for abortions, for the girls.

One of Streeter’s victims was a 12-year-old girl from Ozamis, Philippines. On multiple occasions in 2018 and 2019, Streeter met with a Philippine sex-trafficking recruiter named Analyn Tababini in Tampa Bay and arranged to have sex-abuse videos made using the 12-year-old girl.

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The funds Streeter paid included production costs, money for the man who abused the girl, money for the girl, hotel expenses and a commission for Tababini. In return, Tababini sent Streeter several videos of girl being sexually abused.