Woman admits to role in forcing victim into prostitution

4 months 2 weeks 4 days ago February 09, 2017 Feb 9, 2017 Thursday, February 09 2017 Thursday, February 09, 2017 9:29:24 AM CST in News
Source: AP

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A woman has pleaded guilty to federal sex trafficking charges, just as opening arguments in her trial were about to begin.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 30-year-old Keisha Edwards pleaded guilty Wednesday to two prostitution-related charges and admitted using social media and websites to advertise a woman for sex. Five other charges were dropped.

The co-defendant, Thomas Szczerba, is facing trial.

Prosecutors say the couple befriended the victim in 2015 in Houston and began grooming her to work as a prostitute. In July 2015 in St. Louis, the victim called 911. Edwards and Szczerba were arrested that day.

Szczerba's attorney, Justin Gelfand, said in an opening statement that his client was not a pimp but traveled to play poker in casinos.

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