Woman admits to role in forcing victim into prostitution
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.