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Woman in St. Petersburg child sex trafficking case agrees to guilty plea

Keosha Jones

Keosha Jones

TAMPA — The online advertisement featured nude images and warned "no kissing."

"Only serious gentlemen need apply," it stated.

For sale? Sex with two St. Petersburg girls — each just 14.

In a plea agreement filed this week in federal court, a woman admits to conspiring to engage in child sex trafficking.

Keosha Renee Jones, 21, could face life in prison.

In January, the girls, both runaways, told investigators they had been forced for weeks to have sex with unknown men at locations in St. Petersburg, including the Bayway Inn on 34th Street. One girl said she feared Jones would kill her if she didn't comply.

Court records state that Jones' boyfriend, who is not identified, conspired with her. The girls turned the money over to Jones, who gave it to her boyfriend, records state.

"Money is money and money before everything," one girl recalled him saying.

Jones of St. Petersburg was arrested July 19.

A change of plea hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

Woman in St. Petersburg child sex trafficking case agrees to guilty plea 09/13/13 [Last modified: Friday, September 13, 2013 12:08pm]
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