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   ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis County man has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison for transporting five female victims for prostitution purposes between Missouri and five other states.
   Federal prosecutors say 45 year old Barry Wimberly of Hazelwood pleaded guilty in December to one felony count of transportation for purposes of prostitution. He was sentenced Wednesday.
   Court documents show that Wimberly operated a prostitution business, transporting women for sex between Missouri and Illinois, North Dakota, Minnesota, Georgia and Florida.
 
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   EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois man faces up to 15 years in federal prison now that he's admitted to paying undercover investigators $1,500 in hopes of having sex with a seven year old girl.

   The Belleville News-Democrat reports that 65 year old David Driskill of Carrollton has pleaded guilty in East St. Louis to commercial sex trafficking. Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 7.

   Authorities say Driskill sent text messages in May to a woman, offering to pay $3,000 if she could arrange for to have sex with a child between 7 and 11 years old. The woman instead notified authorities and cooperated with them.

   Driskill was arrested days later at a Jerseyville apartment after paying an undercover federal investigator $1,500 for the supposed sexual encounter with a girl.

 

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Prison is the next stop for 26-year-old Carl Matthews.

He was sentenced to 10 years behind bars for sex trafficking. Prosecutors say Matthews conspired with co-defendant Carla Matthews to force to women to engage in prostitution at a local hotel. Carl also forced the woman to apply for federal aid and food stamps to help support the operation.

Carla Matthews will go to trial at a later date.

 

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