Wichita woman charged with sex trafficking 17-year-old girl

U.S. Attorney for the District of Kansas Barry Grissom (AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, John Sleezer)

WICHITA, Kan. – A Wichita woman was charged in federal district court in Wichita Friday with the sex trafficking of a 17-year-old girl, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said.

In a news release, U.S. Attorney for Kansas Barry Grissom said 32-year-old Natasha L. Harper of Wichita is charged with one count of providing a 17-year-old girl for commercial sex.

In court documents investigators allege Harper was arrested in a sting operation conducted by the Wichita Police Department. On Oct. 8, 2015, officers arranged for the 17-year-old girl to meet them at Springhill Suites by Marriott at 6633 W. Kellogg in Wichita. Harper transported the victim to the hotel, where Harper was arrested.

Grissom said investigators learned that Harper had been advertising on the Internet that the victim would perform sexual services for $150 to $200 a session. Part of that money — $20 to $50 a session – went to Harper. Harper paid the rent for the hotel rooms.

If convicted, Harper faces a penalty of not less than 10 years in federal prison. The Wichita Police Department investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Hart is prosecuting.

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