BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A federal grand jury indicted two Louisiana residents of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of a minor.
According to a report issued by the U.S. Department of Justice, Udraka Roberts-Bey, 25, of New Orleans, and Jennifer Gabrielle Anselmo, 22, of Slaughter, conspired to recruit and a 15-year-old girl into prostitution.
The indictment alleges Roberts-Bey and Anselmo used the website backpage.com to post classified ads in the website's 'Baton Rouge Female Escorts' section with the intent to financially benefit from the prostitution of a minor.
A joint task force of the Middle District of Louisiana Human-Trafficking Task Force and the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office worked to uncover the prostitution business, run by Robert-Beys and Anselmo, eventually leading to their arrests.
"The Sheriff's Office is committed to dedicating our resources to this joint effort to combat human trafficking in our community," said East Baton Rouge Parish Sherriff, Sid Gautreaux. "This case is a result of the unprecedented level of collaboration and cooperation among agencies. Human trafficking is a heinous crime that we simply will not tolerate in this parish or elsewhere."
"Roberts-Bey and Anselmo operated the prostitution business out of greed and with no regard to the fact that they were stealing a child's innocence," said U.S. Attorney Walt Green. "My office will continue to work in concert with our fellow law enforcement agencies to combat human-trafficking in any form, to include commercial-sex and labor trafficking."
It should be noted that an indictment is an accusation by a grand jury and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until formally tried and found guilty or through a guilty plea.