A federal grand jury has indicted two people on charges they used the online service Craiglist to lure men to have sex with a 17-year-old girl.
Prosecutors say 26-year-old Lawrence Edward Pruitt of Central Islip, NY, and 26-year-old Marvis Nichole Harris of Columbia,SC, were indicted on charges involving sex trafficking of a minor. They made their initial appearance before a federalmagistrate. U.S. Attorney David E. Nahmias says FBI agents and local police were investigating possible illegal activity involving underage girls recruited to work as prostitutes when they encountered the 17-year-old at an Atlanta-area hotel.
Nahmias says the agents had seen pictures of the 17-year-old at a Website advertising erotic services and claiming she was 19, although the defendants knew her real age.