Jamestown Woman Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy in Sex Trafficking of Minors Case

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(WNY News Now) – A 26-year-old resident of Jamestown, NY, has entered a guilty plea before U.S. District Judge John L. Sinatra, Jr. for her involvement in a conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors. 

Jasmin Osteen, 26, of Jamestown has confessed to conspiring with others to coerce two 17-year-old minors into participating in commercial sex acts, as announced by U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jonathan Cantil and Douglas Penrose, who are overseeing the case, revealed that the illicit activities took place between August and October 2020.

During this period, Osteen allegedly transported the minor victims to a Buffalo hotel, where they were provided with alcohol and drugs. Subsequently, Osteen reportedly communicated with multiple clients, arranging for commercial sex acts involving the minor victims. Notably, Osteen utilized Facebook for coordinating these acts, and she is said to have received a significant portion of the proceeds generated from these exploitative transactions.

The guilty plea stems from an extensive investigation conducted by Homeland Security Investigations, led by Special Agent-in-Charge Matthew Scarpino. Additionally, the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office and the Jamestown Police Department played pivotal roles in bringing the case to light.

Osteen faces a maximum penalty of life in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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