EAST ST. LOUIS — A Missouri woman was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in federal prison for her role in the sex trafficking of a minor last year.
In a press release, U.S. Attorney Donald S. Boyce said Robin Thompson, 25, of Park Hills, also was sentenced to 10 years of supervised release, following her prison term; a mandatory $100 special assessment and a $1,000 fine.
Court proceedings revealed that during a six-week period in June and July 2015, Thompson took part in a venture with her husband, co-defendant Marcus Dewayne Thompson, which involved the recruitment, transportation and advertisement of a Madison teenager for commercial sex acts in Florida, Georgia and Louisiana. Along with Marcus Thompson, Robin Thompson took and posted sexually explicit pictures of the minor on a website as part of an advertisement for sex with the girl. Thompson also arranged prices, services and meet locations with customers to engage in sex with the minor.
A court document states the victim, then 15, was recruited by the couple while she was walking on the street in Madison in June 2015. Marcus Thompson told her she could make money as a model and she agreed to get into a truck that she said had four other girls.
The girl told investigators that after stealing a camper, the couple took the girls to Orlando, Fla., and other cities, where they were forced to have sex with men. The girl said the Thompsons told her and the other girls they would be killed and “thrown to the alligators in the swamp” if they tried to escape.
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 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, 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 information, visit projectsafechildhood.gov.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Daniel T. Kapsak.