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CASE NAME:United States v. Shannon Blaylock
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Shannon Blaylock, Tawakoni Seaton, Latosha Gardner <br>
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DOCKET NUMBER:07-CR-454
SOURCE:Bloomberg, Lexis Search, Docket Search in Lexis
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Jury
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Hon. Phyllis J Hamilton
YEAR OF ARREST:2007
YEAR OF VERDICT:2008
TYPE OF COURT:Federal
STATE:California
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Northern District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):Adult
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:1
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Unknown
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WAS VICTIM CHARGED WITH A CRIME:Yes
NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):3
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female and Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Sex
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Prostitution
FIRST CHARGE:Conspiracy to commit sex trafficking
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 371
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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SUMMARY:

According to the indictment, Defendants Seaton, Blaylock, and Gardner trafficked a 17-year old minor female in the San Francisco area. The indictment charged that Blaylock and Seaton purchased a bus ticket for the victim and arranged for her to travel from Louisiana to San Francisco. Once there, Defendant Gardner helped the victim to prepare for prostitution by, among other acts, helping the victim with her make-up. Blaylock and Seaton arranged for the victim to engage in commercial sex with male client and collected money that the victim earned.  

Defendants Seaton and Blaylock were convicted by a federal jury of sex trafficking of a minor and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a minor. Charges against Defendant Gardner were dismissed.

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