Our network

Two Plead Guilty To Trafficking High School Girls In Va. | News

Title (Max 100 Characters)

Two Plead Guilty To Trafficking High School Girls In Va.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- Two men plead guilty to using high school girls in a prostitution business in Fairfax County, officials said. 

"Today, Michael Tavon Jefferies, aka "Loc," 21, of Woodbridge, Va., and Christopher Sylvia, 23, of Springfield, Va., pled guilty to sex trafficking of a juvenile. They each face a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years and a maximum penalty of life in prison," federal officials said in a news release. 


Jefferies admitted to being a member of UGC and that the gang engaged in sex trafficking of juveniles and adults from April 2009 through March 2012, according to the records in the case.

"He served as a bodyguard for the UGC prostitution enterprise and collected the money received from prostitution, providing a portion to another member of UGC and keeping a portion for himself," federal officials said. 

Jefferies also admitted to paying for an advertisement on Backpage.com to solicit customers and paying for hotel rooms for one of the juvenile prostitutes.

"Sylvia admitted that he was a UGC associate who assisted the gang in transporting juveniles in November 2011 and January 2012 as they engaged in prostitution on behalf of the gang," officials said. 

Both men are set to be sentenced in the summer.