A 25-year-old Prattville man has been convicted of sex trafficking a minor and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking.
Michael Graham Lowe was convicted in federal court last week for the sex trafficking of a 17-year-old minor victim in May 2016, as well as conspiracy to commit sex trafficking.
A co-defendant, 29-year-old Joshua Rose, pleaded guilty to sex trafficking of a minor in August 2017.
“These human traffickers prostituted a child in order to have the money to feed their drug habit,” U.S. Attorney Louis V Franklin said in a news release. “We will not allow the children of this District to be preyed-upon, prostituted and used by predators. This office will continue to use all resources necessary to take these criminals off the streets and ensure the safety of our children.”
The felony offenses occurred in May 2016, according to a Department of Justice release, when Lowe introduced the teenage victim to Rose at a Montgomery motel. Rose is accused of taking photos of the victim and uploading them to a classifieds website.
“Lowe and Rose transported the minor victim to perform commercial sex acts in Montgomery and the surrounding areas and stood guard outside during the acts,” the DOJ release states. “Rose and Lowe used the money earned by the minor victim to purchase illegal narcotics. On May 26, 2016, the victim became upset and refused to perform further commercial sex acts.”
Lowe remains in custody pending a sentencing hearing, where he faces a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison.