Federal charges handed down against 2 accused of prostitution ring targeting Edmond girls
OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) —
Federal indictments have been handed down against two people accused of running a prostitution ring that recruited young girls from Edmond high schools.
A federal grand jury in the Western District of Oklahoma has charged Germaine Coulter Sr. and Elizabeth Andrade with one count of conspiracy to commit child sex trafficking and one count of child sex trafficking.
Investigators say Coulter had at least two Edmond high school students working for him as prostitutes. The court record indicates he was actively recruiting teenagers from Edmond for his prostitution business using the promise of money and potentially drugs.
Oklahoma City police found out about the prostitution ring after arresting Andrade as part of an undercover operation. Investigators say she attempted to destroy one of two cell phones at the time of her arrest. However, police were able to recover text messages between Andrade and Coulter in which the prostitution business was discussed.