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Florida Man Faces Life In Prison For Forced Prostitution

TAMPA, Fla. (CW44 News At 10) - An Orlando man faces life in prison for his role in forcing his victim into prostitution, among other charges.

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Acting United States Attorney Karin Hoppmann announces the return of an indictment charging Henry Lee White, III (26, Orlando) with sex trafficking by force, fraud, and coercion, transportation of an individual in interstate commerce for the purpose of prostitution, coercion and enticement, and being a felon in possession of ammunition. If convicted on all counts, White faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison. The indictment also notifies White that the United States intends to forfeit assets alleged to have facilitated these offenses.

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According to the indictment, from June 2, 2020, through January 7, 2021, White used force, threats of force, fraud, and coercion to cause Victim 1 to engage in prostitution. During that time, White trafficked Victim 1 within the Middle District of Florida, and transported Victim 1 from Florida to Georgia so that Victim 1 could engage in prostitution. The indictment also charges that White, a convicted felon, was found in possession of ammunition in violation of federal law.

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty. CW44 News At 10 will provide further updates as they are made available.



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