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Georgia man faces life in prison after trafficking teen girls online

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A 27-year-old Georgia man will spend a mandatory 10 years' minimum behind bars for his role in the sex trafficking of children -- and could face life -- at his upcoming sentencing hearing. Arthur Gerald Reid of Macon, GA, entered his "guilty" plea today in United States District Court, Georgia.

In his plea agreement, Reid admitted that, beginning in September 2011 and continuing until February 2013, he prostituted a juvenile victim from various motel rooms in Macon, Georgia, and in Tybee Island, Georgia, through Backpage.com, an erotic services website. Authorities reported Reid was also physically violent towards the girl.

On February 26, 2013, law enforcement found Macon in a motel room with the victim and two other juvenile females. He admitting to prostituting the girls through Backpage.com, and was subsequently arrested and charged with felony sex trafficking of children. During a search of the motel room, police found a BB gun, which Reid reportedly used to threaten the girls if they attempted to flee. The girls were rescued by police.

Reid faces a maximum statutory penalty of life imprisonment, with a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 10 years, a fine of $250,000 (or both) and a term of supervised release of five years up to lifetime supervision. He will also be required to register as a sex offender and will be subject to potential additional prosecution if he fails to register upon release.

The defendant seized upon the opportunity to exploit these vulnerable victims. All children deserve to be safe from predators like the defendant, and it is the duty of the law to protect them, said United States Attorney Michael J. Moore.. These three victims are not alone, and my office will continue to vigilantly prosecute any and all who seek to gain from the abuse of children.”

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