Two Broward Men Sentenced for Sex Trafficking of Minor
Robert Cox, 41, of Ft. Lauderdale, and Timothy Myers, 41, of Margate, were sentenced on Friday, May 28, 2010, on violations of sex trafficking of children, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1591.
On March 16, 2010, a jury in Fort Lauderdale found Cox guilty of one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of children and two counts of sex trafficking of children. The jury found Myers guilty of two counts of sex trafficking of children. On May 28, 2010, U.S. District Judge James I. Cohn sentenced Cox to 15 years in prison, to be followed by 10 years of supervised release. Judge Cohn sentenced Myers to 10 years in prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release.
According to evidence produced during the trial, in April, 2009, Cox recruited a 17-year-old girl in Broward County to work for him as a prostitute. On several occasions, he picked up the minor from a location near her home and took her to hotels and other locations to prostitute. On one occasion, Cox also prostituted a 16-year-old friend of the first minor. Myers assisted Cox by posting advertisements for the minors on the Internet.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
Special Agent in Charge John V. Gillies stated, “It is a especially heinous that in the 21st century, children are still being trafficked for sex. The Internet has brought out the best and the worst in people and parents must protect their children from that wish to exploit them. Law enforcement agencies have banded together to ensure that our kids are kept safe from harm and that those individuals who do commit these crimes are taken off the street.”
Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the FBI, Miami Beach Police Department, Miami-Dade Police Department, and the City of Miami Police Department. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Scott Edenfield and Sivashree Sundaram.
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