Florida man sentenced to life in prison for financing a sex trafficking ring in the Philippines
A Florida man was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of child sex trafficking crimes.
TAMPA, Fla (WVLT/WTSP) — A Florida man was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of child sex trafficking crimes.
WTSP reports that 63-year-old Christopher Streeter was sentenced to life in prison for sex trafficking of a child under the age of 14 after pleading guilty in October.
“Streeter directly participated in a scheme that sexually exploited children in the Philippines in order to produce child sex-abuse videos for his consumption,” according to the Department of Justice.
Court documents said the abuse occurred from 2018 and 2019 with children as young as 12 and 13-years-old and were “particularly vulnerable due to poverty and illness.”
WTSP reported that the man was also accused of sending payments to the Philippines for recording production costs, such as hotel rooms, transport and a commission for the recruiters facilitating the crimes.
He also paid a premium for videos that featured violent or abusive acts involving girls.
“This morally corrupt individual thought he could circumvent justice because of international borders,” said HSI Tampa Acting Deputy Special Agent in Charge Micah C. McCombs. “Leveraging HSI’s unique international authorities and our strong law enforcement partnership with the Pasco Sheriff’s Office, this human trafficker will now face the justice he deserves.”
“We are proud of the hard work of our members that resulted in saving children and getting the perpetrator of these heinous acts out of our community,” Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco added.
The child Streeter paid for content of was among six children rescued from sex trafficking in a recent operation by the Philippine National Police, WTSP reported. That trafficker was also arrested.
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