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Cooper Kweme indicted on sex trafficking, child porn charges

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A Silver Spring man has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of sex trafficking, transportation of a minor for prostitution, and production of child pornography.

Cooper Kweme, 31, of Silver Spring, Md., allegedly operated a prostitution business in D.C., Maryland and Virginia. He advertised women as prostitutes online, according to the indictment and court records.

"Mr. Kweme is accused of recruiting girls online and other locations to work for his prostitution business,” said U.S. Attorney Neil MacBride, who described the situation of the girls as “sex slavery.”

Kweme is accused of recruiting a juvenile female to work as a prostitute in February 2011 after meeting her on an online social network targeted at teens. Kweme allegedly posted photographs of the girl on the Internet, including a sexually explicit photograph.

If convicted, he faces a minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison.

Kweme was arrested by Arlington County Police on June 1 and later charged in federal court. He is scheduled to be arraigned on July 29, 2011, in the United States District Court in Alexandria, Va.

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