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Houston man will get 25 years for trafficking 14-year previous for intercourse | USAO-SDTX

HOUSTON – A 26-year-old Houston man was jailed following his conviction for underage sex trafficking and conspiracy, US attorney Jennifer B. Lowery said.

Trevien Thomas aka Triggah pleaded guilty on January 6th.

Today US District Judge Nancy F. Atlas sentenced Thomas to 300 months in prison. At the hearing, the court heard a statement from the victim’s mother and sister, as well as letters from the victim and other people detailing the emotional, physical, and financial repercussions of what Thomas did. In passing the verdict, the court found the aggravating factor that Thomas lured an obviously emotionally injured girl to Houston to engage in prostitution. The court also found that the victim had suffered significantly during the time Thomas was detained. He was also sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment at the end of his term. During this time, he must meet the requirements that restrict his access to children and the Internet. Thomas is also instructed to register as a sex offender.

On March 23, 2016, Thomas picked up a 14-year-old girl in Dallas and brought her to Houston. After gun flogging the first day, Thomas detained the victim against her will in several Houston area motels and created commercial sex ads for her. He then forced the minor to engage in commercial sex acts with several adult men within five days.

Thomas collected and kept all of the proceeds.

He watched them consistently or let others do the same. However, on March 28, 2016, he left her alone in a motel room, at which point she was able to escape.

Thomas has been and will remain in custody until he is transferred to a US Bureau of Prisons facility set to be ruled in the near future.

The Houston Police Department conducted the investigation with the assistance of the FBI Organized Crime Task Force. The Dallas Police Department also helped with the investigative effort.

US assistant attorneys Sebastian Edwards and Eun Kate Suh are prosecuting this case.