LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced that Amber Speed, 41, formerly of Lansing, was sentenced to five to 20 years in prison for running a criminal enterprise related to sex trafficking minors.

Speed was sentenced before Judge Joyce Draganchuk in Ingham County Circuit Court.

Speed was found guilty by a jury of one felony count of conducting a criminal enterprise for running a sex trafficking ring comprised of minors in the Lansing area in January 2018.

The original charges stemmed from an investigation by a Michigan State Police Trooper, who after attending human trafficking training, came across a case of alleged human trafficking.

“Today’s sentence brings this case to a close and takes a dangerous individual off the street,” said Schuette. “This case is a great example of how human trafficking education and awareness makes a difference. I want to thank the MSP Trooper for his diligence in this case.”

CHARGES

Speed was originally charged with multiple felonies in March 2017. In January, four charges were dropped, and the jury deliberated on the remaining charges below:

  • Two counts of Minor Sex Trafficking (Felony – 20 years)
  • Two counts of Prostitution/Pandering (Felony – 20 years)
  • One count of Prostitution/Accepting Earnings (Felony – 20 years)

CASE BACKGROUND

Speed was conducting an “escort” operation, posting advertisements for commercial sex for herself and at least three other girls and young women online. The victims were minors when they were brought into the human trafficking ring. Multiple instances of Speed trafficking minors occurred from 2009 through approximately 2014.

PROTECTING VICTIMS, STOPPING TRAFFICKING IN MICHIGAN

Created by reallocating resources in the Attorney General’s Criminal Division, Schuette’s Human Trafficking Unit has placed an increased focus on combating human trafficking in Michigan, a priority Schuette identified upon taking office. The unit works closely with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to uncover and prosecute cases of modern-day slavery involving both children and adults. Thanks to training provided by this effort, the Michigan State Police trooper could competently identify this instance of sex trafficking.


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