2 found guilty in sex trafficking trial
SHREVEPORT - Federal authorities say a man and woman have been found guilty of having a minor female from Texas engage in prostitution.
U.S. Attorney Stephanie Finley Tyrone said in a news release 37-year-old Larry Smith and 33-year-old and Lacoya Washington, both of Shreveport, were found guilty Wednesday on one count of sex trafficking of a minor. Smith was also found guilty of one count of coercing or enticing a minor to travel to engage in prostitution.
U.S. District Judge S. Maurice Hicks Jr. presided over the bench trial, which started Monday.
Smith and Washington face a minimum of 15 years in prison, at least five years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.
Hicks set a sentencing date of Nov. 1.
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