Sex trafficker sentenced to 30 years in prison
A 35-year-old man from Tamarac was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for sex trafficking and producing child pornography, according to U.S. Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer.
Leighton Martin Curtis also was ordered to pay $54,500 restitution to the victim.
The trial evidence showed that in December 2009, Curtis recruited a 15-year-old runaway to work for him as a prostitute, going on "dates" within days. He also took sexually explicit photographs of her to be used in prostitution ads on web sites such as Craigslist and Backpage.com, according to court documents.
Curtis brought her to Broward from North Carolina onNew Year's Eve2009. She worked as a prostitute under Curtis for more than a year, four to five days per week, servicing five to seven customers per day, throughout Florida, Georgia and North Carolina, generating thousands of dollars weekly, according to trial testimony.