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West Suburban Sex Trafficker Sentenced to 21 Years in Federal Prison

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Chicago, IL-(ENEWSPF)- An Oak Park man has been sentenced to 21 years in federal prison for sex trafficking several children in the Chicago area.

ALLEN YOUNG trafficked and facilitated the prostitution of four young girls in the Chicago area, and he attempted to traffic a fifth.  Young took photographs of the victims and posted them in online advertisements offering commercial sex.  He then drove the minors to meet with individuals who responded to the ads.  After the encounters, Young took some of the money paid to his victims and required some of them to have sex with him.

A jury earlier this year convicted Young, 53, on five sex trafficking counts and one attempted sex trafficking count.  U.S. District Judge Edmond E. Chang on Monday imposed the 21-year prison sentence and ordered Young to pay $37,750 in restitution to the victims.

The sentence was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and Jeffrey S. Sallet, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The case was investigated by the FBI Chicago Child Exploitation Task Force, with special assistance from the Chicago Police Department.  The government was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Andrianna Kastanek and Christine O’Neill.

Evidence in the case revealed that Young trafficked the victims at various times in 2014, 2015 and 2016.  Some of the girls were as young as 15 years old when Young began facilitating the prostitution.  Several of the victims testified at trial about their ordeals.

If you believe you are a victim of sexual exploitation, you are encouraged to call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678, or log on to http://www.missingkids.com.  The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

This is news from the United States Department of Justice.