green belt, Maryland – Sirron Little, 31, of Washington, DC, pleaded guilty yesterday to sex trafficking a minor to engage in commercial sex acts. Little recruited the victim, who was homeless and 15 years old at the time, to work for him as a prostitute.
The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Erek L. Barron; Special Agent in Charge Thomas J. Sobocinski of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Baltimore Field Office; and Chief Malik Aziz of the Prince George’s County Police Department.
According to his plea agreement, Little recruited Victim 1 to work for him as a sex worker in April 2018, when she was 15 and homeless. Victim 1 worked for Little, engaging in sex acts for money, until December 4, 2018. Little used his cell phone to communicate with Victim 1 regarding the prostitution activity, posting photos scantily clad victim 1 on online dating services soliciting commercial sex. clients and to advertise Victim 1 as a prostitute, and to arrange “dates” with clients of the sex trade, in Washington DC and Maryland. Originally, Little had Victim 1 meet clients for drive-in appointments or had someone drive Victim 1 to a client’s residence. Eventually, Little moved the sex trafficking operation to motels in Prince George’s County, Maryland. In addition to meeting clients for car and hotel dates, Little had Victim 1 walk along Allentown Road in Maryland and solicit clients directly on the street.
As detailed in the plea agreement, Victim 1 would typically see multiple clients per day, generating up to $1,500 per day. Little set the prices for the sex acts, set certain monetary goals for Victim 1, and demanded that Victim 1 give all profits from the sex trafficking operation to Little. Little threatened to stop providing the victim with food, transportation and shelter if they did not meet the monetary goals. Little admitted to physically assaulting Victim 1 on multiple occasions, threatening Victim 1 with a gun on at least one occasion, and engaging in sexual acts with Victim 1.
On December 4, 2018, Victim 1 called emergency services and reported that Little had threatened her with a gun and had an open warrant. When law enforcement responded to the hotel where Victim 1 and Little were staying, Victim 1 advised that she was having an argument with Little and that he was armed. Little was arrested and a loaded .40 caliber handgun was seized from the room, along with a 20-round ammunition box and two cell phones.
As part of his plea deal, Little must register as a sex offender in the places where he resides, where he is employed and where he is a student, under the Record and Notification of Offenders Act. sex (SORNA).
Little and the government have agreed that if the court accepts the plea deal, Little will be sentenced to 10 years in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte set sentencing for Dec. 6, 2022, at 11:30 a.m.
The case was investigated by the FBI-led Maryland Child Exploitation Task Force, established in 2010 to combat child prostitution, with members from 10 enforcement agencies federal and state law. The task force is coordinating with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Maryland State Police Child Recovery Unit to identify missing children who are the subject of online publicity for the prostitution.
The MCETF partners with the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force, formed in 2007 to discover and rescue victims of human trafficking while identifying and prosecuting offenders. Members include federal, state, and local law enforcement, as well as victim service providers and local community members. For more information on the Maryland Human Trafficking Task Force, please visit http://www.mdhumantrafficking.org/.
United States Attorney Erek L. Barron praised the FBI and the Prince George’s County Police Department for their work in the investigation. Mr. Barron thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph R. Baldwin, who is prosecuting the case.
For more information about the US Attorney’s Office in Maryland, its priorities, and the resources available to help the community, please visit https://www.justice.gov/usao-md/human-trafficking and https://www .justice.gov/usao-md/community-outreach.
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