Lansing girl, 17, gets prison for sex-trafficking ring

Associated Press

Lansing — A 17-year-old Lansing girl has been sentenced to spend four to 20 years in prison for what authorities say was her role in a sex-trafficking ring mostly involving girls between 14 and 18 years old.

The teen was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty last month to human trafficking and transporting of a female for prostitution last month.

The Lansing State Journal reports witnesses testified earlier that the defendant was mostly responsible for taking photos of girls, posting them online and scheduling customers. Court documents say the defendant also recruited girls at a juvenile center and on the street.

The Associated Press isn’t naming the defendant because of her age.

Twenty-five-year-old Christopher Bryant has also been sentenced in the ring, and another man is awaiting trial. The teen’s attorney says she was impressionable and “duped” by the two men.