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Pennsylvania woman pleads guilty to transporting a woman in interstate commerce to engage in prostitution

HARRISBURG, Pa. — A Pennsylvania woman pleaded guilty Monday to transporting a woman from Pennsylvania to New Jersey to engage in prostitution. The investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Pennsylvania State Police and the Luzerne County District Attorney's Office.

Kyoni Humphrey aka Kyoni Nieves, 24, admitted that she helped a co-defendant commit the crime by renting and driving a vehicle used to transport the female to motels in Pennsylvania and New Jersey to engage in prostitution, renting motel rooms and posting "escort" advertisements and photographs on the backpage.com website during May and June of 2013. She was indicted by a federal grand jury in January.

Humphrey faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. She is scheduled to be sentenced in August.