ST. LOUIS – A 29-year-old Chicago man could face life in prison after being found guilty of transporting two teenage girls across state lines to work as prostitutes.
Authorities in Collinsville, Ill. received a report in 2012 of a missing 16-year-old girl who had been forced to work as a prostitute. A tipper found her picture on a website advertising commercial sex.
While the advertisement claimed that the girl was 20, police were able to figure out that she was born in 1996. Reginald Williams' phone number was attached to the listing.
Investigators then learned that a 17-year-old girl was in the 16-year-old's company at a St. Louis County hotel. This prompted an undercover detective to set up a "sex date" with the two girls.
When officers arrived at the hotel, they saw Williams leave the same hotel room as the alleged prostitutes. He was later arrested in the parking lot.
Williams was convicted of interstate transportation of a minor with the intent to engage in prostitution, sex trafficking of a minor, attempted sex trafficking of a minor, possession of a firearm and the use of interstate facilities to promote prostitution.
He is scheduled for sentencing on May 30, and faces between 10 years to life in prison.