Last updated: June 28. 2014 12:33AM - 2213 Views
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SCRANTON — A Luzerne County man followed the lead of his wife and pleaded guilty to sex trafficking a 16-year-old girl.

Travis Humphrey, 26, whose last known address was Edwardsville, faces a possible life sentence in prison for his admission Thursday to participating in the recruitment and transport of the girl to motels in Pennsylvania and New Jersey to engage in commercial sex, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

His wife, Kyoni Humphrey, pleaded guilty on May 15 to transporting a female to New Jersey from Pennsylvania to engage in prostitution. She is free pending sentencing.

Travis Humphrey is in federal custody pending his sentencing on the felony charge the week of Sept. 22 by U.S. District Judge Robert D. Mariani in Scranton. Humphrey faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison.

A federal grand jury indicted the couple in January on the trafficking and prostitution-related charges. The husband and wife conspired to force the teenage to engage in prostitution in May and June of last year.

Travis Humphrey, also known as “GT”, recruited the girl and Kyoni Humphrey, 24, also known as Kyoni Nieves, transported her in a rented car to meet with customers in Pennsylvania and out of state, according to the indictment. The indictment also charged that they possessed a 9 mm handgun.

Travis Humphrey admitted he helped others recruit and transport the girl to motels, according to federal prosecutors. He and the others rented motel rooms and posted “escort” advertisements and photographs on the website Backpage.com during May 2013, according to federal prosecutors.

On Friday, Luzerne County Judge Tina Polachek Gartley approved a search warrant request by the county district attorney’s office for billing records and phone numbers in possession of Backpage.com, as part of an investigation of escort services and prostitution activity in the area.

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