Two men from Triangle, Virginia, have been convicted of multiple sex trafficking and child exploitation offenses.
Christian Don’Tae Hood, 25, was convicted by a federal jury today before the Honorable Anthony J. Trenga following a three-day trial. Co-defendant Abdul Bangura, 20, pleaded guilty on the first day of trial on Tuesday.
According to the evidence presented at trial and other court documents, Hood and Bangura met the minor victim while she was living with her aunt at the Econolodge in Dumfries, Virginia. The defendants, working together, recruited the minor into their prostitution scheme and began to advertise her on Backpage.com.
The minor victim was transported to multiple motels throughout Northern Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Maryland for commercial sex acts. After customers paid money to sexually exploit the minor victim, the defendants collected a portion of the money. Defendant Bangura also produced a video of child pornography involving the minor victim.