A Tampa woman has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for sex trafficking three minors.
On Nov. 10, U.S. District Judge Susan C. Bucklew sentenced Alysia N. Algere, 29, of Tampa to 15 years in a federal prison for recruiting two minor boys and one minor girl to engage in commercial sex acts. The minors were between the ages of 14 and 16.
Court documents show Algere, otherwise known as “Coco,” took sexually explicit photographs of the minors and posted advertisements on the internet, selling them for sex. In April of 2013, the Temple Terrace Police Department received an anonymous tip of women luring men into a Ramada Inn hotel room and then robbing them, reports the Tampa Bay Times.
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The tip lead detectives to Algere who was housing underage girls and boys with the expressed intent of placing them into prostitution. Algere advertised the children in classified pages under “TS” for transsexual.
In the Times report, the boys told investigators they met as many as 30 clients a day.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Stacie B. Harris.
Algere was brought to justice as part of Project Safe Child, nationwide initiative started in 2006 to combat a growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Algere pleaded guilty on Feb. 3, 2016.