Tennessee Man Faces Up to Life in Prison After Pleading Guilty to Trafficking 14-Year-Old to Louisiana for Commercial Sex

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Published July 01, 2022

Tennessee Man Faces Up to Life in Prison After Pleading Guilty to Trafficking 14-Year-Old to Louisiana for Commercial Sex

Louisiana – U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans announced that Jeremy Talbert, age 26, from Memphis, Tennessee pleaded guilty on June 29, 2022 to Sex Trafficking of a Minor, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1591(a)(1), 1591(b)(2), 1594(a), and 2.

According to court documents, Talbert transported a fourteen-year-old female (“Minor Victim”) from Memphis to New Orleans with the intention of having her engage in commercial sex acts between October 2020 and December 17, 2020. Talbert was aware of Minor Victim’s age at the time due to conversations with her mother. Talbert promoted Minor Victim on websites that are commonly used to promote sexual services in exchange for money. Talbert demanded that Minor Victim earn around $1,000 per day from commercial sex acts, and Talbert kept all or most of the money she earned.

Talbert faces a minimum sentence of ten years in prison and a maximum sentence of life in prison if he pleads guilty. The defendant also faces supervised release for a period of five years to life, a $250,000 fine, participation in the sex offender registration and notification program, and a mandatory $100.00 special assessment fee for each count. The Honorable Lance Africk scheduled sentencing for October 5, 2022, at 2 p.m.

This case was filed as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched by the Department of Justice in May 2006 to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Project Safe Childhood, led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, marshals federal, state, and local resources to find, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, as well as to identify and rescue victims. To learn more about Project Safe Childhood, go to www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information on internet safety education, go to www.usdoj.gov/psc and select the “resources” tab.

U.S. Attorney Evans commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the New Orleans Police Department, and the Memphis Police Department for their work in investigating this case. The prosecution is led by Assistant United States Attorneys Maria Carboni and Jordan Ginsberg.


Memphis Man Charged with Trafficking 14-Year-Old into Louisiana to Perform Commercial Sex Acts