- Associated Press - Friday, April 18, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The U.S. Attorney in New Orleans says a Louisiana man has been indicted in a 2012 sex trafficking case.

A statement from U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite says Torrey Ledell Davis, 42, of Metairie was named in a three-count indictment Thursday. The case involves Davis‘ alleged part in recruiting a 16-year-old girl from Jackson, Miss., into prostitution.

The teenager was arrested in the French Quarter, leading to the investigation that led to charges against Davis.

Court records show Davis was ordered detained by a federal magistrate earlier this week.

A trial date has not been set for Davis, who is represented by a public defender. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says that if Davis is convicted of the sex trafficking charges involving a minor, he would face a possible life sentence.

The investigation of Davis was initiated by New Orleans police and later involved state police and the FBI.

Polite’s news release said the case is being prosecuted as part of “Project Safe Childhood,” a nationwide U.S. Justice Department initiative launched in May 2006 to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse.



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