Tennessee man sentenced to 10 years in sex trafficking case

| 1/31/2012

A Memphis man was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Friday, Jan. 27, for violating the Mann Act.

Charles Kizer, 53, of Memphis, pleaded guilty in federal court on Aug. 31, 2011, to violating the Mann Act by “transporting a woman across state lines for the purpose of having her engage in prostitution,” according to a statement released by the U.S. Department of Justice on Jan. 30.

Between Aug. 1, 2010, and Sept. 1, 2010, Kizer admitted in his plea that he drove an 18-year-old woman across state lines from Memphis, TN, to West Memphis, AR, to “engage in prostitution at a truck stop.”

The case was jointly investigated by the Memphis division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Memphis Police Department.

“Sex trafficking is an unconscionable crime and a violation of human rights that the FBI is dedicated to eradicating from our free society,” said Aaron T. Ford, special agent in charge of the Memphis division of the FBI, in the DOJ release. “FBI Memphis is proud of the role that it played in bringing this matter to justice and protecting and defending those who may not be able to evade or escape the grip of sex trafficking.”