Two indicted for sex trafficking in Western Pennsylvania

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Two Coatesville residents, both formerly of North Versailles, were indicted for sex trafficking of a child and conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking, according to court documents unsealed today.

Rasul Abernathy, 32, a man, and Poshauntamarin Walker, 33, a woman, now of the same address in the Chester County town, were arrested in Philadelphia and are being held there pending transfer to the Pittsburgh area for prosecution in U.S. District Court.

According to the indictment, they caused a girl born in 1996 and who lives in Western Pennsylvania, to “engage in a commercial sex act." They also pimped her to others for money, according to the indictment.

The two are also accused of giving the girl alcohol, marijuana and other drugs, as well as feeding and sheltering her.

The two then traveled with the girl, using the Internet to find customers and instructing her “how to solicit and charge for commercial sex acts,” according to the indictment.

They are also accused of forcing the girl to have sex with Mr. Abernathy.

The charges indicate that the two “targeted vulnerable females and males” for the sex trade.

Assistant U.S. attorney Jessica Lieber Smolar is prosecuting the case. The federal docket does not yet list attorneys for the two defendants.


Rich Lord: rlord@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1542. Twitter: @richelord.

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