A Wisconsin woman will spend 10 years in federal prison for sex trafficking in Iowa and Nebraska, U.S. Attorney Joe Kelly announced Friday.
On Nov. 22, 2016, law enforcement made contact with a 16-year-old girl who was found alone at a truck stop in Gretna. Investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol determined that for the previous four days, Brooklyn Pohl, 37, and the minor traveled from Illinois to Iowa and Nebraska, Kelly said.
While traveling together, Pohl transported and advertised the teen for the purpose of engaging in prostitution in Iowa and Nebraska. The two stayed at various motels in Iowa and Nebraska, posting online advertisements offering to perform sex acts for money.
Kelly said Pohl used her cell phone and the girl’s cell phone to post the minor’s picture on Backpage.com to solicit commercial sex. After posting the picture and advertisement, Pohl would help the girl negotiate the price of the commercial sex acts with potential customers.
Kelly said the minor engaged in numerous commercial sex acts in Iowa and Nebraska. Oftentimes, Pohl would remain in the motel room while the girl had sex with customers. Pohl used at least some of the money from the minor’s sex acts to buy a vehicle in Iowa, which Pohl used to drive to Nebraska, where they continued to advertise and engage in sex acts, he said.
Pohl was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. There is no parole in the federal system. After she is released from prison, she will begin a five-year term of supervision, Kelly said.
This case was investigated by the Nebraska State Patrol, Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office and the Sheboygan, Wisc. Police Department.