Detroiter sentenced to prison for human trafficking
A Detroit man was sentenced Thursday to prison for his role in a regional human trafficking operation, the state Attorney General’s Office said.
Christopher Lowery had been linked to a prostitution operation at a motel through an undercover probe led by the FBI and the Southeast Michigan Trafficking Exploitation Crimes Task Force, investigators said in a statement.
He had previously been held at the Wane County Jail in November 2016, where a review of his calls showed him conducting the enterprise from his cell, according to the release. Authorities also found 97 invoices from Lowery’s Backpage.com account offering prostitution services between Jan. 18 and April 20, 2017.
Lowery, 24, was arrested and eventually charged with accepting earnings of prostitution, keeping a house of prostitution and conducting a criminal enterprise, Attorney General Bill Schuette’s office reported.
Last month, after two days of trial, he pleaded guilty to human trafficking forced labor, a 10-year felony. On Thursday, Wayne County Circuit Judge Thomas Hathaway sentenced Lowery to 7-15 years in prison.
“Today, Christopher Lowery was sentenced on charges of human trafficking, which is a form of modern day slavery,” said Timothy Slater, Special Agent in Charge with the FBI Detroit Division, in a statement. “Through our participation in the Southeast Michigan Trafficking and Exploitation Crimes Task Force (SEMTEC), the FBI will continue to work to combat all allegations of human trafficking which pose an ongoing threat of violence in our communities and exploit innocent victims for the purposes of someone else’s monetary gain.”