CHEYENNE — A man was arrested on federal sex trafficking charges in Cheyenne.

Keith Anthony Crawford was arrested July 25 after Cheyenne Police investigated him on suspicion of sex trafficking. Crawford’s case is making its way through U.S. District court. He most recently waived his preliminary examination and is currently in the custody of the U.S. Attorney General.

He is being charged with transportation in interstate commerce for purpose of prostitution.

He was discovered when officers were conducting an undercover investigation into prostitution in the Cheyenne area.

According to court documents:

On July 18, officers began monitoring online prostitution advertisements to identify sex traffickers and trafficking victims. They were monitoring prostitution ads because sex trafficking is often concealed as prostitution.

One of the officers answered an advertisement on cityxguide.com, a website known to be used for prostitution, reading “… This southern queen is here to play, specials.”

The advertisement was accompanied by a photo of a female with “sweet desire” and a phone number running across the photo.

Officers contacted the number and requested a “QV,” a quick visit, which is known in the prostitution industry as visit of 30 minutes or less usually for oral sex. The victim who answered the message agreed to a QV for 100 roses, the term used for money in the industry.

Officers arrived at the Red Lion Hotel and found the victim, who appeared to be the woman in the advertisement, naked in the hotel room. She was born in 1998, according to court documents.

 

By Isabella Alves

Wyoming Tribune Eagle Via Wyoming News Exchange