A 23-year-old Sacramento woman has been charged by a federal grand jury in a case involving sex trafficking and child pornography.
The grand jury returned an eight-count superseding indictment charging Shanntaye Ebony Hicks with three counts of sex trafficking of a minor and one count of sex trafficking by force, as well as two counts of transportation of a minor, one count of production of child pornography and one count of obstruction of justice, according to a federal Department of Justice new release.
Th indictment alleges that between March 3 and May 9, Hicks recruited, enticed, harbored, transported, provided and maintained three girls, all minors, knowing that force, threats of force, fraud and coercion would be used to cause the girls to engage in a commercial sex act. The indictment also alleges that Hicks made a sexually explicit video with one of the victims, and took the victim to Reno and Las Vegas with intent that the girl would engage in prostitution.
Hicks also is accused of acting to obstruct justice by instructing another person to destroy an item relevant to the ongoing investigation and prosecution.
The case resulted from an investigation by the FBI's Innocence Lost Task Force, made up of FBI special agents, as well as Sacramento police officers, Sacramento County sheriff's deputies, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle Reardon, who is prosecuting the case. The Bakersfield and Las Vegas Metropolitan police departments also assisted in the investigation.