Human Traffic Watch

Truck drivers indicted for child sex trafficking

In Child Sex Trafficking, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on April 25, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Two truck drivers from Missouri — one a registered sex offender — have been indicted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Kansas City Division on charges of sex trafficking of a child.

Tammy Dickinson, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, said Eugene Wardlow, 54, of St. Joseph, MO, and Thomas Farrell, 48, of DeKalb, MO, were charged in a six-count indictment.

Wardlow is a registered sex offender who was convicted in Nodaway County, MO, of sexual misconduct involving a minor and endangering the welfare of a child. Wardlow is self-employed as a commercial truck driver, doing business as Prideco LLC. Farrell is also self-employed as a commercial truck driver, doing business as Farrell Trucking & Hay LLC.

The federal indictment alleges that Wardlow and Farrell caused a child victim (identified as “CV”) to engage in prostitution between Aug. 1, 2011, and Sept. 30, 2011. The truckers are both also charged with transporting a minor across state lines from Missouri to Texas to engage in prostitution. Wardlow is also charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Source: Fleet Owner

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