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Wichita woman, 18, charged with aggravated human trafficking

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, May 29, 2014, at 7:39 p.m.

Prosecutors have charged an 18-year-old Wichita woman with aggravated human trafficking.

Although Kayla Calhoun was 17 when at the time of the alleged crime, she will be prosecuted as an adult, documents filed in Sedgwick County District Court show. She is accused in a criminal complaint of intentionally recruiting, harboring, transporting or obtaining a 15-year-old for “forced labor, involuntary servitude or sexual gratification” between June 1, 2013, and Sept. 27, 2013.

The complaint also accuses Calhoun of aggravated robbery of another individual during the same time period.

Calhoun made her first appearance in Sedgwick County District Court on Wednesday. She is scheduled to return to court Aug. 7.

Among reasons prosecutors cited in court documents for seeking adult prosecution of Calhoun were her “sophistication or maturity,” that the alleged crimes were committed in an “aggressive, violent, premeditated or willful manner,” and that the public would be better served if she faced criminal prosecution. Those documents were dated May 15.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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