LANSING — A Lansing woman faces nine felony charges related to prostitution and sex trafficking of children, officials said.
Amber Speed, 40, was arraigned Wednesday in 54A District Court on three counts of minor sex trafficking, three counts of prostitution/pandering, one count of accepting earnings from prostitution, one count of debt bondage and one count of conducting a criminal enterprise.
Each of the charges carries a maximum of 20 years in prison upon conviction, according to a release from Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette.
Speed posted online ads for herself and at least three other "girls and young women," according to the release. The victims were minors when they were brought into the human trafficking ring, and the crimes occurred from 2009 through 2014, officials said.
Speed lives in Munith, in northeast Jackson County, according to court records. She had been operating out of Lansing, Schuette's office said.
The case stems from an investigation by a Michigan State Police trooper who came across a case of alleged human trafficking, officials said.
Judge Louise Alderson set a $100,000 cash bond for Speed. A hearing to determine whether she should stand trial on the charges is set for April 6.
Lansing woman charged with sex trafficking minors Christopher Haxel, Lansing State Journal March 23, 2017Tweet