Two men face sex-trafficking charges and possible life in prison after allegedly buying sex from a 13-year-old trafficking victim, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas announced Wednesday.
Kention Obryan Johnson, 35, and Sergio Trinidad Carvajal, 30, were indicted Sept. 2 by a federal grand jury and charged with sex trafficking of children and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking.
The investigation was conducted by Homeland Security Investigations with help from Fort Worth police, U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox announced.
“The sex trafficking of minors is a despicable crime that HSI Dallas and our dedicated partners will continue to prioritize and relentlessly investigate,” said Ryan Spradlin, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations’ Dallas field office. “HSI will continue to pursue individuals involved in this type of modern-day slavery and work vigorously to rescue the young, helpless victims whose dignity and well-being are blatantly disregarded.”
Johnson and Carvajal were arrested Sept. 9 in Dallas. Each, along with alleged conspirator Curtis Vance Mathis, faces life in federal prison if convicted.
According to a criminal complaint filed late last year, Mathis, 34, advertised the victim on an illegal sexual services website that has since been shut down by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Agents found the child – who was dressed only in an oversized hoodie – in a West Irving hotel room rented in Mathis’ name in November 2019.
Hotel surveillance footage showed three people – later identified as Johnson, Carvajal and Mathis – enter and exit the room. Agents then examined the victim’s phone records and found text chats with Johnson and Carvajal discussing the price to have sex.
Forensic tests later confirmed that DNA recovered from the hotel room matched Johnson and Carvajal.
The victim was eventually reunited with her North Texas family.
“Traffickers sell children for sex because their clients will pay for it. It’s that simple,” Nealy Cox said at a news conference Wednesday morning. “By attacking both the supply and the demand, we think we will be able to truly make a difference in fighting this dehumanizing, horrific crime.”