ATLANTA (AP) - A federal grand jury has indicted two people on
charges they used the online service Craiglist to lure men to have
sex with a 17-year-old girl.
Prosecutors say 26-year-old Lawrence Edward Pruitt of Central
Islip, N.Y., and 26-year-old Marvis Nichole Harris of Columbia,
S.C. were indicted on charges involving sex trafficking of a minor.
They made their initial appearance on Thursday before a federal
U.S. Attorney David E. Nahmias says FBI agents and local police
were investigating possible illegal activity involving underage
girls recruited to work as prostitutes when they encountered the
17-year-old at an Atlanta-area hotel.
Nahmias says the agents had seen pictures of the 17-year-old at
a Website advertising erotic services and claiming she was 19,
although the defendants knew her real age.