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Bridgeport Man Pleads Guilty To Sex Trafficking In Teen Prostitution Ring

A Bridgeport man faces 10 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to human-trafficking as part of a prostitution ring.
A Bridgeport man faces 10 years to life in prison after pleading guilty to human-trafficking as part of a prostitution ring. Photo Credit: File

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A 29-year-old Bridgeport man pleaded guilty Tuesday to "recruiting, harboring and transporting" a 17-year-old girl to engage in sex acts as part of his prostitution ring, prosecutors said.

Jason "Boots" Prawl pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea in Hartford to one count of sex trafficking of a minor, said U.S. Attorney for Connecticut Deirdre M. Daly,

He faces a mandatory minimum term of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison.

According to court documents and statements made in court, beginning in December 2015, the minor victim began to see prostitution clients at Prawl's home.

Prawl used the website Backpage.com to advertise the minor victim’s services, which were priced at $80 for 10 to 15 minutes, $100 for 30 minutes, and $150 for an hour.

The victim saw four clients a day for about 30 days, and Prawl took $20 from each appointment. He also took money for gas and other expenses when he drove the minor victim to appointments away from his residence.

He has been detained since his arrest on related state charges on March 9, 2016.

Shea set sentencing for July 31.

Prawl also has agreed to pay restitution of $2,500 to the minor victim, and $10,080 to a second minor victim of his prostitution enterprise.

This case was investigated by the Connecticut Human Trafficking Task Force, FBI, Homeland Security Investigations, Connecticut State Police, Bridgeport Police Department and Milford Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sarala V. Nagala and David E. Novick.

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