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St. Pete woman facing sex trafficking charges may have fled area

The FBI is asking for the public's help in locating a St. Petersburg woman who is accused of pimping out two teenage girls earlier this year.

Keosha Renee Jones, 21, faces commercial sex trafficking charges, according to the FBI's Tampa office. Authorities issued a warrant for her arrest Monday and believe she might have fled to Miami.

Jones also has ties to the Port St. Lucie area, the FBI said in a statement Thursday.

A probable cause affidavit filed this week by a federal agent accuses Jones of pimping out two victims, both age 14, in December 2012 and January 2013.

She allegedly solicited clients with postings on backpage.com, a classified ad site. Jones forced the victims to have sex in motels in Pinellas County, the FBI said. She is accused of keeping all cash that clients paid for the sex acts.

Both girls were runaways, who authorities said feared for their lives.

Jones is described as a 5-foot-5 black woman, weighing about 120 pounds. She has multiple tattoos on her thighs and legs.

Anyone with information about Jones' whereabouts can call the FBI toll-free at 1-866-838-1153.

St. Pete woman facing sex trafficking charges may have fled area 07/18/13 [Last modified: Thursday, July 18, 2013 2:11pm]
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