Investigator: Sex Trafficker gets 11 years

2:54 PM, Mar 13, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- A federal judge today sentenced a Cleveland man  to more than 11 years in federal prison for selling a girl as a sex slave for $300.

A jury convicted Eric Tutstone of sex trafficking for selling a 16-year-old girl to a madam during a December, 2010 meeting at the Starbucks on West 6th Street. The madam was working with a task force formed more than a year ago to combat human trafficking in Northeast Ohio.

"Does she understand that I am a madam," the woman asked Tutstone, according to hidden camera video shot by the madam and obtained exclusively by Channel 3 News.

"Yeah, I had to explain to her what a madam was, it was so funny," replied Tutstone. "I said, 'You know what a madam is, right?' She was like, that means she was a man? I said, 'No a madam is like a female pimp.'"

Tutstone said he was selling the girl for $300 because the girl was inexperienced and he believed she would need training to be a prostitute.

"All I need right now is some pocket change," Tutstone said. "It's the first time I'm dealing with you...and if she need any counseling, any training or anything, you can always call me."

But the next time he dealt with the madam, Tutstone said, the price would be much higher because the madam "ain't got to train them or school them."

FBI agents arrested Tutstone later that day when he brought the girl to the coffee shop to finalize the deal. They also rescued the girl.


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