Hawaii Man Convicted at Trial and Sentenced for Sex Trafficking of a Minor Over Super Bowl Weekend
|U.S. Attorney’s Office November 22, 2010|
Wifredo A. Ferrer, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and John V. Gillies, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Miami Field Division, announced that Fred Quinton Collins, a resident of Hawaii, was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge, Marcia G. Cooke for various minor and adult sex trafficking crimes that occurred over Super Bowl weekend. Collins was sentenced to 260 months’ imprisonment.
During August 2010, Collins proceeded to trial by jury and was subsequently found guilty of six charges: conspiracy to sex traffic a minor, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1594(c); transporting a minor to engage in prostitution, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1594(a)(1); transporting an individual for purposes of prostitution, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2421; inducing an individual to travel and engage in prostitution, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2422(a); inducing a minor to engage in prostitution, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2422(b); and transporting a minor to engage in prostitution, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2423(a). The case was prosecuted at trial by Assistant United States Attorneys Sean T. McLaughlin and Sivashree Sundaram.
According to court documents and statements made in court, from January 2010 through February 7, 2010, Collins prostituted adult females and the minor victim in and around Hawaii and South Florida. Specifically, Collins transported the minor victim and adult females to Miami in order to have them engage in prostitution in South Florida over Super Bowl weekend. Collins advertised the prostitution services of the victim and adult females on the Internet. Collins also booked the victim’s travel under a false name, paid for the victim’s airfare and hotel lodging, and supervised and directed the prostitution activities of the victim and adult females.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
Mr. Ferrer commended the investigative efforts of the South Florida Minor Vice Task Force, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (Miami and Hawaii Field Divisions), Miami Beach Police Department, City of Miami Police Department, and Miami-Dade Police Department.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.