St. Pete woman charged with trafficking teen

A St. Petersburg woman has been charged with trafficking a 14-year-old runaway, Pinellas County sheriff's deputies said.

The investigation that led to the arrest of Katilia Brekeysha Seymour, who turned 33 today,  620 53rd Ave. S., began last week, when the victim, a 14-year-old girl, contacted detectives.

The victim informed detectives that she ran away from her home on Oct. 2 and needed a place to stay when she was introduced to Seymour.

Seymour rented a motel room for the victim; and in return, the victim agreed to engage in prostitution. Seymour took photographs of the victim wearing only panties and a tank top and posted the images on the backpage.com webpage for the purpose of promoting prostitution, deputies said.

Detectives said men responded to the advertisements, and each paid $180 to have sexual relations with the victim. Seymour would then collect more than half of the money for herself.

Detectives said they were able to corroborate the victim's allegations and arrested Seymour today on a charge of human trafficking (child under 18).

The victim was placed in the care of the Florida Department of Children and Families.

The investigation is continuing.
 

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