Martin, 24, pleaded guilty to conspiring to engage in sex trafficking of minors. Watch video here: SVT4JThe investigation was launched when Grand Rapids police received a tip that the girls, ages 15 and 16, were involved in prostitution with a woman at a Grand Rapids hotel. Martin rented a hotel room for the girls on six occasions in fall 2014 and multiple clients arrived for sex, according to a criminal complaint.
An online advertisement she helped create generated numerous calls, resulting in the girls performing commercial sex acts with multiple men at a Holland apartment building, the criminal complaint states.“Johns came to meet the minors in the motel rooms, which Martin rented in her name,’’ Assistant U. Attorney Tessa Hessmiller wrote in a sentencing memorandum.
“Martin told the minors how to answer phone calls and make the online ads, some of which she typed on her phone.’’In one phone conversation, Martin “quipped about how ‘we just got done’ putting up the prostitution advertisements online and how the phone was ringing off the hook,’’ court records show.
Two others were also prosecuted for their role in the prostitution conspiracy.
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Codefendant Shyron Dionte Smith, 22, described by his attorney as a “bit player’’ who was “simply the driver,’’ was sentenced Tuesday to 2½ years in prison.
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