Maryland woman trafficked 3 teen girls from DC to NY


Federal prosecutors say a Maryland woman has pleaded guilty in a conspiracy to sell sex with girls in more than 100 hotel rooms from Washington to New York.

Twenty-nine-year-old Lea Bell of Reisterstown pleaded guilty Tuesday on sex trafficking of a minor and conspiracy charges.

From January to April, her plea and court documents show she and 25-year-old Byron Thompson trafficked two 15-year-old girls and a 17-year-old girl.

Prosecutors said Bell took payments from customers and trained the sex workers. The three girls were prostituted in more than 100 hotel rooms in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and New York.

Thompson and Bell were arrested in April after creating a Craigslist posting advertising sex with two of the girls. Thompson pleaded guilty this month and will be sentenced in October.


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