Cleveland woman gets 11 years in prison for child sex trafficking

CLEVELAND - A Cleveland woman will spend the next 11 years in prison for child sex trafficking. Pearline Richardson, 41, was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge David Dowd.

"I hope that everyone who sees this sentence will realize that these cases have nothing to do with 'prostitution,'" said Steven Dettelbach, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio in a news release."They are about commercialized rape, and the punishments are going to continue to reflect that reality. While this specific case took place in Cleveland, we know these cases are all around us, in cities and suburbs, houses and hotel rooms."

The human trafficking incident happened in 2011 involving someone younger than 18 years old.

Richardson pleaded guilty earlier this year to one count of sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion.

Print this article Back to Top

Comments

Related Stories

Man convicted of human trafficking after prostitution sting; first ever in Cuyahoga County Man convicted of human trafficking after prostitution sting; first ever in Cuyahoga County

A man convicted of human trafficking on Monday is the first ever in Cuyahoga County, according to the prosecutor’s office.

Cleveland man Bennie Veasey gets 20 years for human trafficking Cleveland man Bennie Veasey gets 20 years for human trafficking

An Ohio man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison in Maryland on human trafficking and prostitution charges.

US asks, prostitution or human sex trafficking? US asks, prostitution or human sex trafficking?

Experts in the U.S. increasingly are applying the label "human trafficking" to homegrown prostitution. Lawmakers, police and prosecutors are starting to shift their view on this, too.

H&M backs safety accord in Bangladesh factories H&M backs safety accord in Bangladesh factories

Swedish fashion retailer H&M said Monday that it will sign up to a legally binding fire and building safety plan drawn up by unions in Bangladesh, following the deaths of hundreds of garment workers in a building collapse there last month.

Human trafficking charges: Jeremy Mack, Ashley Onysk accused of forcing teens to have sex for money Human trafficking charges: Jeremy Mack, Ashley Onysk accused of forcing teens to have sex for money

A Lorain County couple is accused of forcing a 16-year-old girl and a 19-year-old woman to have sex for money.

Angelina Jolie joins G-8 to urge end to sexual violence Angelina Jolie joins G-8 to urge end to sexual violence

Angelina Jolie brought her celebrity wattage to London on Thursday to back an urgent cause: fighting sexual violence in military conflicts.

Free Cone Day: Enjoy free ice cream at Ben & Jerry’s in University Heights Free Cone Day: Enjoy free ice cream at Ben & Jerry’s in University Heights

The Ben & Jerry's ice cream shop in University Heights is giving customers a free cone Tuesday. It's not just a way to say "thanks."

'Close-Up on Human Trafficking' set for April 9 at Akron General Health & Wellness Center West

The Akron General Health and Wellness Center West is hosting a human trafficking program Tuesday to debunk myths about perpetrators and victims and much more.

Ohio proposal would bolster human trafficking law Ohio proposal would bolster human trafficking law

An Ohio lawmaker is pursing changes to a new state law that she says will help reduce the demand behind human trafficking.

END IT: Help Shine a Light on Slavery on April 9 to raise awareness about buying, selling of humans END IT: Help Shine a Light on Slavery on April 9 to raise awareness about buying, selling of humans

Did you know there are move slaves in the world today than any other time in history? Help give a voice to those without one by participating in Shine a Light on Slavery day April 9.