Crime & Courts

Woman pleads guilty in sex trafficking case

A Wichita woman pleaded guilty in federal court on Wednesday in a sex trafficking case, officials said.

Natasha L. Harper, 33, pleaded guilty to one count of transporting a minor across state lines for the purpose of prostitution, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said in a prepared statement.

In her plea, Harper admitted she transported a 17-year-old girl from Kansas to Michigan, Illinois and Iowa and back to Kansas so the girl could engage in sex acts for money. Harper placed ads on an adult website offering the girl’s services and received part of the money, Grissom said.

Harper’s sentencing is set for July 7. Prosecution and defense attorneys have agreed to recommend a sentence of 7.5 years in federal prison followed by 10 years of supervised release, Grissom said.

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