Trafficking victim turned ‘predator’ sentenced to 41 months in prison
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Kolman readily admitted Robicheaux had been a sex trafficking victim but then began helping pimp LaDaniel Mitchell, 35, recruit underage runaways.
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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