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North Texas woman sentenced to 6 years in federal prison for child sex-trafficking

FORT WORTH, Texas — A north Texas woman was sentenced Tuesday to six years in federal prison following her guilty plea in June to one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a minor.

This sentence was announced by U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldaña of the Northern District of Texas. This investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and other members of the North Texas Trafficking Task Force, including the Arlington, Fort Worth and Dallas police departments; the Texas Department of Public Safety; and the Texas Attorney General's Office.

Brittanie S. Brattain, 22, was sentenced Oct. 15 to 72 months in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Terry R. Means. Brattain's co-defendant, Deundrea R. Miller, 27, also pleaded guilty in June to the same offense and is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 12.

According to documents filed in Brattain's case, prior to September 2012, Brattain had a relationship with Miller. In late September or early October 2012, Brattain and Miller met Jane Doe. They agreed to take pictures of Jane Doe to post ads for "dates" on BackPage.com that would be used for commercial sex acts. Brattain and Miller used a cell phone to take the pictures and post the advertisements.

Some of the commercial sex acts involving Jane Doe occurred in motels in East Fort Worth. After the commercial sex acts, Jane Doe gave the money she received to Miller. Miller and Brattain harbored and maintained Jane Doe while they stayed in these motels.

In January 2013, Miller and Brattain rented a duplex in Fort Worth where commercial sex acts involving Jane Doe also occurred. Also in January 2013, Miller and Brattain posted "escort" ads involving Jane Doe. While Jane Doe stayed with Miller and Brattain, Miller and Brattain received financial benefit from her participation in commercial sex acts, all in reckless disregard that Jane Doe was under age 18.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Aisha Saleem, Northern District of Texas, prosecuted this case.