CT man gets prison for sex trafficking of minors, pornography charges

U.S. District Courthouse Bridgeport, Conn.

BRIDGEPORT — A state man was sentenced to 15 year in prison Monday for multiple offenses related to the sex trafficking of minors, authorities said.

Christopher Hamlett, also known as “Cadi” and “Cadillac Black,” 26, of Hartford, also was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Victor A. Bolden in Bridgeport to five years of supervised release, according to a release from the office of Connecticut U.S. Attorney John H. Durham.

Hamlett “recruited and enticed two minor female victims to engage in prostitution at hotels in Hartford and Wethersfield” between August and November 2017 and to “solicit clients for the minors, Hamlett took sexually explicit photographs of each minor and submitted them to the website Backpage,” the release said, citing evidence presented during his trial.

“Hamlett began to recruit a 17-year-old minor into prostitution during their first meeting. He agreed that the minor victim could keep 60 percent of the money she made from prostitution customers, and he would take 40 percent,” authorities said in the release. “The minor victim saw customers for approximately three months. The evidence at trial included text messages in which Hamlett told the minor victim how much to charge, and threatened the victim when he thought she had not given him his full share of the money.”

In a release last year, federal authorities said: “In an interview with law enforcement, the victim stated that, in the beginning, Hamlett gave the victim a percentage of the money she earned through prostitution. After that, she stated, ‘he took all of my money’ and, if she complained, he said ‘It’s business. I have things that cost money. Just do as you’re told or I can make you disappear. No one is going to look for you.’”

Further, evidence during the trial showed “Hamlett facilitated the prostitution of a second minor victim who was then 16 years old, using Facebook Messenger to send her clients and explain particular sexual acts,” the release said.

Hamlett also posted Backpage advertisements for an adult woman who worked for him in prostitution, it said.

Hamlett has been in custody since he was arrested on Feb. 8, 2018 and a jury found him guilty on Oct. 16, 2018 of two counts of sex trafficking of a minor, five counts of using a facility of interstate commerce to promote commercial sex, and two counts of production of child pornography, authorities said in the release.

The case was investigated by the Hartford Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Nancy V. Gifford and Sarala V. Nagala.

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