CHICAGO — A man has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for violent sex trafficking of two children in the Chicago and Wisconsin area.
In late 2019 and early 2020, DAVID L. SMITH took sexually explicit photos of the children, who were then 16 and 17, and published them in commercial sex advertisements on SkipTheGames and MegaPersonals websites. He then arranged for the children to meet clients in hotel rooms, with Smith keeping all the money the children received. On at least one occasion, Smith punched the 17-year-old victim in the face after mistakenly accepting counterfeit money from a customer. On another occasion, Smith punched the 16-year-old victim in the face after learning the girl had contacted her mother.
Smith, 28, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, pleaded guilty last year to a federal sex trafficking charge. In addition to the jail sentence, U.S. District Judge John J. Tharp, Jr., on Friday ordered Smith to pay $50,000 in restitution to each of his victims.
The sentence was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and Emmerson Buie, Jr., special agent in charge of the FBI’s Chicago field office. Valuable assistance was provided by the Oak Lawn, Illinois Police Department, FBI Field Office Milwaukee, FBI Field Office Kansas City, FBI Field Office St. Louis, Police Department of Wauwatosa, Wis. and the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The government was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ann Marie E. Ursini and Caitlin S. Walgamuth.
“Defendant caused his underage victims irreparable harm and trauma by forcing them to engage in the sex trade on numerous occasions,” Assistant United States Attorney Ann Marie E. Ursini said in the statement. government condemnation memorandum. “These victims will bear the emotional scars of the defendant’s actions for the rest of their lives.”