LAS VEGAS -- Two men pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony sex trafficking crimes for inducing two minor girls to travel from Oakland, Calif., to Las Vegas last spring to work as prostitutes, Nevada's U.S. Attorney Daniel Bogden said.
Ray Darnell Webb, 19, and Seagram Joshua Miller, 21, both of Hayward, Calif., pleaded guilty to one count of coercion and enticement. They are scheduled to be sentenced April 29 by U.S. District Judge Kent Dawson.
Webb and Miller, who were arrested and indicted in May, face up to 20 years in prison and $250,000 in fines. They also will have to register as sex offenders.
"We must work together as a community to prevent children from getting involved with sex trafficking," Bogden said. "The pimps who scour the streets, schools, and online communities preying on boys and girls are predators and we will work with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners to ensure that they are prosecuted."
According to their plea agreements, Webb and Miller early last year met one of the victims, a 12-year-old girl, in Oakland where she was working as a prostitute. The girl then began working as a prostitute for Webb and Miller, and gave them the money she made.
Miller met a 16-year-old girl on Facebook in April, and she also began working as a prostitute for Miller and Webb.
Miller, Webb and the two girls then came to Las Vegas to make money. Before leaving, Webb and the 16-year-old girl posted an advertisement on MyRedbook.com so that they would have dates lined up when they arrived in Las Vegas. The advertisement contained photographs of the girl.
On April 29, Webb, Miller and the girls, drove from Oakland to Las Vegas and stayed in a rented hotel room on Las Vegas Boulevard. Both girls worked as prostitutes on April 30 and in early May.
The cases were investigated the FBI and Metro Police Las Vegas Metropolitan Police as part of the Innocence Lost Task Force. The cases were prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Nicholas Dickinson and Phillip Smith, Jr.