Three people with Iowa City ties are accused of taking young girls from Iowa City to Chicago for prostitution.
According to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, 19-year-old Malik McKee and his sister, 23-year-old Shuntina McKee, both of Iowa City and formerly of Country Club Hills, Illinois, along with 41-year-old Willie Woods of Toledo, Ohio, formerly of Iowa City, were arrested and charged with taking three minor girls from Iowa City to Chicago earlier this year to engage in prostitution.
The McKee siblings were arrested in Iowa City on Monday. Woods was arrested in Toledo, Ohio on Friday.
All three are charged with one count of conspiracy to transport minors across state lines to engage in prostitution.
The investigation began on April 25 when one of the girls, who was 14 at the time, snuck out of a Chicago hotel room and called her mom in Iowa. The mother then called the Chicago police who went to the hotel.
Investigators say that online advertisements were posted on various Internet sites in Chicago and elsewhere promoting the prostitution of the three girls, ages 14, 16 and 16.
They say that Malik McKee and Woods allegedly purchased bus tickets for the victims and transported them from Iowa City to Chicago in April to engage in prostitution. They believe all three defendants benefited financially from the conspiracy.
If convicted of sex-trafficking of minors, the defendants face a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison and a $250,000 fine.
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