trafficking

DALLAS, Texas — Two men were arrested and charged with child sex trafficking for allegedly purchasing sex from a 13-year-old sex trafficking victim, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Northern District of Texas.

Earlier this month, 35-year-old Kention Obryan Johnson and 30-year-old Trinidad Carvajal were indicted by a federal grand jury for conspiracy to commit sex trafficking and sex trafficking of children. They were both arrested in Dallas last Wednesday and their federal court documents were unsealed earlier today.

According to those unsealed court documents, 34-year-old Curtis Vance Mathis allegedly advertised the 13-year-old victim on an illegal sexual services website, CityXGuide.com, which has since been shutdown by the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Northern District of Texas.

The child, dressed only in an oversized hoodie, was recovered in a west Irving hotel room on November 5, 2019. The room was rented in Mathis' name, according to federal prosecutors.

Search warrant affidavits, which were unsealed today, reveal details of the investigation which led to the arrest of Johnson and Carvajal. According to the affidavits, agents reviewed hotel surveillance footage and observed Mathis, Johnson, and Carvajal enter and exit the hotel room where the child victim was being held.

"Agents then searched Jane Doe’s phone records and uncovered text chats with Mr. Johnson and Mr. Carvajal discussing the price for a 'qv,' or 'quick visit,' commercial sex parlance for a brief sexual encounter," read a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office. "A forensic investigation later confirmed that DNA recovered from discarded condoms found in the hotel room matched Mr. Johnson and Mr. Carvajal."

If convicted, all three defendants face up to life in federal prison.

“Traffickers sell children for sex because their clients will pay for it. It’s that simple,” U.S. Attorney Nealy Cox said at a press conference this 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.”

“The sex trafficking of minors is a despicable crime that HSI Dallas and our dedicated partners will continue to prioritize and relentlessly investigate. Whether you’re involved in the actual trafficking or perpetuate it as a consumer, HSI will use every resource available to ensure you face justice,” said Ryan L. Spradlin, Special Agent in Charge of HSI’s 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.”

This prosecution is part of the Justice Department’s sex trafficking demand reduction initiative, a program focused on punishing and deterring those who drive the market for sex from children and other vulnerable persons. The Abolish Human Trafficking Act of 2017 reaffirmed that a person who knowingly purchases a commercial sex act with a trafficking victim is just as culpable as the person who supplies the trafficking victim for commercial sex.

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