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Bridgeport man indicted for sex trafficking

October 27, 2016 GMT

Jason “Boots” Prawl, 28, of Bridgeport, has been indicted by a grand jury with two counts of sex trafficking of a minor.

Deirdre M. Daly, U.S. Attorney for Connecticut, said Prawl entered a not guilty plea before U.S. Magistrate Judge Donna F. Martinez on Thursday in Hartford. The grand jury returned the indictment on Oct. 18.

As alleged in the indictment, Prawl recruited, harbored and transported two minor victims to engage in commercial acts. Prawl trafficked the first victim in July and August 2015 and the second victim between December 2015 and February 2016.

Prawl has been detained in state custody since March 9, 2016.

The charge of sex trafficking of a minor carries a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 10 years and a maximum term of imprisonment of life.

Prawl was one of six people arrested in February on charges of prostitution or promoting prostitution in a Milford motel as a result of a federal, state and local investigation.

This matter is being investigated by the Connecticut Human Trafficking Task Force, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations, Connecticut State Police, Bridgeport Police Department and Milford Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sarala V. Nagala and David E. Novick.