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Trafficking victim turned ‘predator’ sentenced to 41 months in prison

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Jodi Robicheaux (left) and LaDaniel Mitchell. Jodi Robicheaux (left) and LaDaniel Mitchell.
KNOXVILLE (News Sentinel) -

East Tennessee's chief federal judge on Tuesday faced the dilemma of the government's latest war on sex trafficking — what to do when victim turns predator.

Chief U.S. District Judge Tom Varlan wrestled with that question in the case of 25-year-old Jodi Robicheaux, who faced sentencing Tuesday for her role in luring a teenage runaway into traveling to Knoxville to engage in prostitution.

Robicheaux began selling sex at age 16. A pimp who claimed he loved her fed her drug addiction while taking a cut of her prostitution proceeds.

"She was being victimized for several years," defense attorney Rachel Wolf argued. "It doesn't matter if she was doing it voluntarily for drugs. She's a victim because she was 16 … just like the victim in this case."

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