COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) – A Columbia man who met a 16-year-old female in Myrtle Beach in 2015 and eventually recruited her into prostitution has pleaded guilty in federal court to sex trafficking of children.
According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's District of South Carolina office, Alshura Tabil Annessa Frazier, 36, also pleaded guilty on Wednesday to possession of a firearm during a drug trafficking crime. A sentence will be imposed after the district judge reviews the presentence report.
Evidence presented at the change of plea hearing established that around Memorial Day of 2015, the minor female left her family in North Carolina and met Frazier in Myrtle Beach, the release stated. He and others then reportedly had sex with her in exchange for giving her the recreational drug "Molly" and shelter for the night.
After leaving Myrtle Beach, Frazier brought the minor to Columbia, where he recruited her to perform sexual acts on clients for money, according to the release. He also reportedly posted the minor, or had others post her, on Backpage.com, a website known to be used for sex trafficking.
"Frazier transported her to and from North Carolina and to and from South Carolina on multiple occasions for the purpose of prostitution," the release stated. "Frazier received 100 percent of the profits made from the prostitution."
The minor was 16 at the time she began working as a prostitute for Frazier, a fact the defendant reportedly knew. She was also that age when she had sexual intercourse with him.
According to the girl, Frazier used one of his cellphones to video her and another prostitute with the defendant engaging in sexual activity when she was 16 or 17 years old.
Additionally, on March 18, 2015, a Richland County deputy attempted to make a traffic stop on a car for failing to use a turn signal. The vehicle sped off and a chase took place.
During the chase, the car pulled into a parking lot and a woman got out and ran while carrying a box, the release stated.
After the officer could not stop the car, he returned to where the woman, later identified as a prostitute working for Frazier, got out of the vehicle and ran.
With the help of local residents, the officer found the woman hiding in the woods. She took him back to where she hid the box, which reportedly contained a 10mm Glock pistol, cocaine, crack cocaine and suspected Molly, according to the press release.
The woman said the box belonged to Frazier, who gave it to her and told her to run, the release stated.