Normal man gets 10 year prison sentence for child sex trafficking

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Published: Aug. 1, 2022 at 10:39 AM CDT
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PEORIA (Heart of Illinois ABC) - A Normal man was sentenced July 21 to 10 years in prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release and sex offender registration, for sex trafficking of a minor.

The Department of Justice says that at the sentencing hearing for Jahquan Howard, 29, of the 1100 block of Wartburg Drive, the government presented evidence that in April 2019, Howard trafficked a minor girl into prostitution. Howard rented hotel rooms in the Peoria area, transported the girl to the hotels, and gave her controlled substances. He used online advertisements to solicit men to the hotel rooms to have sex with the girl and then collected payment for the act.

He was indicted in February 2020 and entered a guilty plea in April 2022. He has remained in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

“Sex trafficking is modern-day slavery,” said U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Harris. “Sex trafficking is particularly harmful when it involves minor children as in this case. There is zero tolerance for sex traffickers in the Central District of Illinois and we will work tirelessly to bring these predators to justice.”

The statutory penalties for sex trafficking a minor are 10 years to life imprisonment, followed by 5 years to life of supervised release. A fine of up to $250,000 may also be imposed.

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