By Susan Hale Thomas (Photo/Susan Hale Thomas)
An Alexandria man was sentenced to 11 years in prison last week, after he pleaded guilty to child sex trafficking.
“You might as well get paid for something most girls do for free,” Tayron Tyree Weeks told his 14-year-old victim, according to court documents. After meeting her at the Braddock Road Metro station, Weeks and the girl engaged in sexual acts at his friend’s Alexandria apartment. Weeks told the girl she should consider selling her body for profit.
“Money is money,” he told her.
The victim later notified police, prompting an undercover operation to bust Weeks. The victim assisted police by allowing them access to her Facebook account. Posing as the teenage girl, a Fairfax County police detective told Weeks she knew of a fictitious girl she called “Alisha” who was interested in being prostituted.
Weeks informed “Alisha” about his prostitution scheme and how things would work. Both the victim and Weeks had discussed that what he was planning was illegal.
But the unlawfulness of his plan did not deter Weeks. In a phone conversation with the undercover detective, Weeks told “Alisha” that if she and the victim performed sex acts for customers at the same time, customers would pay more for their services.
Weeks also told a friend of his plan to prostitute girls. The friend told him that what Weeks was describing was sex trafficking. He said it was illegal and also immoral. Defiant, Weeks told his friend he believed he would not be caught.
Weeks was sentenced by U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis, III to 11 years for sex trafficking and 10 years of supervised release. Investigators for the case included the FBI’s Washington field office, the Fairfax County Police Department, and the Alexandria Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael J. Frank served as the prosecutor on behalf of the United States.