Cleveland woman sentenced for sex trafficking ring involving children

A Cleveland woman was sentenced to nearly six years in federal prison for her role in a sex trafficking ring that forced children into prostitution.

Chardee Barfield, 22, previously pleaded guilty to two counts - sex trafficking of a minor and transportation of a minor to engage in prostitution. She was sentenced to 70 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Dan Aaron Polster.

Her co-defendant, Ernest F. McClain, is scheduled to be sentenced Friday, Nov. 30 at 1:30 p.m.

"Stopping human trafficking is a top priority of this office," Dettelbach said. "Forcing children to sell their bodies as part of the commercial sex industry is appalling."

Anthony said: "The FBI and its partners are committed to rescuing victims of this horrible crime and bringing these predators to justice."

From October 1, 2011, through December 5, 2011, McClain and Barfield recruited, enticed, harbored, provided, obtained and maintained, by any means, a person knowing, or in reckless disregard of the fact, that the person had not attained the age of 18 years and would be caused to engage in a commercial sex act, according to court documents.

Also, from on or about December 16, 2011, through December 31, 2011, McClain and Barfield transported a 16 year-old girl from Ohio to Pennsylvania with the intent that the girl engage in prostitution, according to court documents.

One confidential informant, a 15-year-old runaway, told investigators that McClain and Barfield forced her to prostitute herself 10 times a day over a month-long period, with a total of 200 men, according to an affidavit filed in the case.

Another person told investigators that McClain beat girls who prostituted for him to ensure they kept working for him, according to the affidavit.

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