Sex trafficking: Orlando man enslaved girl into prostitution, feds say

By David Breen, Orlando
SentinelAn Orlando man faces federal sex-trafficking charges after authorities say he
forced a teenage girl into prostitution.

Benson December Coriolant, 29, was arrested late last month by federal agents
in the Tampa area, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern
District of Louisiana. He faces a senctence of up to life in prison if
convicted, as well as a $250,000 fine, and the possibility of lifetime
supervision if he were ever released.

Coriolant is charged with conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of children,
sex trafficking of children, coercion and enticement of an individual to engage
in prostitution, and coercion and enticement of a minor to engage in illegal
sexual activity.

According to the indictment against him, Coriolant recruited the teen to work
as a prostitute beginning in 2009 in the Orlando area, giving her alcohol and
drugs and taking the money she earned. The girl was about 14 years old at the
time, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

Coriolant then arranged for the girl to work in the New Orleans area, using a
classified-advertising website to advertise and find clients, the U.S.
Attorney’s Office said. After working as a prostitute out of a hotel in Kenner,
La., the girl was arrested and returned to live with relatives in Orlando.
Coriolant later sent back the girl back to Louisiana and prostitution.

The FBI is investigating the case as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide effort to
combat child-sex trafficking that was launched in 2006, the U.S. Attorney’s
Office said.

Records show Coriolant has a history of arrests in several Florida counties
on drug and other charges.


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