Man Gets 40 Years in Prison for Sex Trafficking

NEW ORLEANS (AP) _ A Florida man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for sex trafficking charges involving a teenage girl he drove to Louisiana to work as a prostitute for him.

U.S. Attorney Dana Boente said Thursday’s sentencing of 30-year-old Benson Coriolant, of Orlando, Fla., caps his New Orleans-based office’s first sex trafficking conviction.

Prosecutors say Coriolant recruited a 14-year-old girl to work as a prostitute for him in the Orlando area before driving her to Louisiana in March 2010, where law-enforcement officers found her and sent her back to stay with relatives in Orlando.

The girl was arrested later that year after Coriolant sent her back to the New Orleans area a second time to work as a prostitute.