Woman gets 23 years in prison for sex trafficking daughter, 6, in exchange for housing, cash and sneakers
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SPOKANE, WASHINGTON: The Eastern District of Washington has sentenced a Spokane woman to 23 years in prison after she pleaded guilty to indulging in sex trafficking. Kylie Ruby Flores, 31, had agreed to let her 6-year-old daughter be sexually assaulted by Trever Harder, whom she met over a dating app Plenty of Fish in exchange for housing, cash, and sneakers. This arrangement was made public over a news release from the office of Vanessa R Waldref, US Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington.
The investigative team found a video of Harder raping the young girl. He had admitted to his crimes and is awaiting sentencing. The court also revealed that the mother will remain under federal supervision all her life. Waldref wrote in her statement, “The facts of this case present some of the most egregious sexual abuse of a child one can imagine. Today’s sentence is important, but it is equally important to remember that Flores’s sentence will likely be much shorter than the lifelong impact on the child.”
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She further said, “No sentence can return the child’s innocence, but our community is now safer and stronger. Most important, the child is now in a safe place.” The attorney continued, “The little girl in this case was only six years old when her abuse began. Thanks to an effective and cooperative investigation, she is neither missing nor murdered today – but she is not the only child in danger.” “Today’s sentence sends a clear message to those who seek to sexually abuse children: justice is coming,” she concluded.
The assistant US Attorney for Eastern Washington who prosecuted the case acknowledged the support of FBI agents and state, local, and tribal law enforcement for investigating the case. He mentioned Chelsea Sayles, the Quileute Tribal Attorney, who made sure the child had to suffer no more.
Richard A. Collodi, Special Agent in charge of the FBI’s Seattle field office, said, “It is inconceivable as a parent how someone could participate in the victimization of a child under their care.“ He added, “While the sentence in this case is significant and truly justified, it only brings a small measure of justice to the victim. I hope the dedication of FBI agents and our partners to hold predators like Ms Flores accountable serves as a message to those who would victimize our most vulnerable among us.”
This case came under the umbrella of Project Safe Childhood, a US Department of Justice initiative to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse.