Woman sentenced to 16 years in sex trafficking case
BATON ROUGE – U.S. Attorneys say a Baton Rouge woman was sentenced to 16 years in prison for trafficking a minor for sex.
Last year, a federal grand jury indicted 37-year-old Kellie M. Dominique with sex trafficking of a minor, attempted sex trafficking of a minor, obstruction of justice and four counts of using an interstate facility to aid in racketeering.
The indictment accused Dominique of running a prostitution business out of her home on the website "backpage.com," and had minors who worked as prostitutes post ads for sex acts on the website.
U.S. Attorney Walt Green said Thursday afternoon that 37-year-old Kellie M. Dominique was ordered to pay $15,000 in illegal proceeds from the offense.
At her guilty plea hearing, authorities say Dominique admitted to conspiring with others to promote the prostitution of a female minor. Dominique admitted to providing the minor with drugs and helping her post on online message boards for sex.
“Today’s sentence should send a loud and clear message about the severe and real consequences that face those convicted in federal court of sexually trafficking minors,” Green said.