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Inmate recruits wife and mother to pimp out underage girl to raise money for bail

By Mason White 5:25 PM April 26, 2017
Zerrell Ross Fuente and Brianna Leshay Wright
Zerrell Ross Fuente and Brianna Leshay Wright
By: Emily Lewis

(Scroll down for video) A prisoner who wanted to raise money for bail, conspired with his wife and mother to pimp out underage girls for money, according to police in North Carolina.

Now, the Charlotte man, his wife, and his mother are facing federal charges for engaging in a conspiracy to sex traffic three minor victims and related charges, announced Jill Westmoreland Rose, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

A federal grand jury returned the eight count indictment, charging Zerrell Ross Fuentes, 22, Brianna Leshay Wright, who is also known as Brianna Fuentes, 24, and Tanya Marie Fuentes, 53, all of Charlotte, with one count of sex trafficking conspiracy, two counts of sex trafficking of a minor, and three counts of transportation of a minor to engage in prostitution.

Brianna Wright and Tanya Fuentes are also charged with one additional count of sex trafficking of a minor.

According to the federal indictment, the three defendants conspired with one another to recruit, entice, harbor, transport, provide and obtain by any means three minors, for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts.

The indictment also alleges that the minors were transported across state lines for the purposes of prostitution.

Specifically, the indictment alleges that Zerrell Fuentes, while in jail, used a telephone to recruit three minor victims living in Charlotte, to engage in commercial sex acts for his benefit, despite knowing that the minor victims were not yet 18 years of age.

The indictment further alleges that Zerrell Fuentes used the telephone to arrange for the minor victims’ transportation from Charlotte to Myrtle Beach, to engage in commercial sex acts for his benefit.

The proceeds from the conspiracy would have been used to pay Zerrell Fuentes’ bond so he could get out of jail.

Brianna Wright, accompanied by Tanya Fuentes, transported the minor victims from Charotte to Myrtle Beach by car, so the minor victims could engage in commercial sex acts.

While in Myrtle Beach, Tanya Fuentes paid for lodging for two adult women and the minor victims.

Brianna Wright facilitated the placement of advertisements on the Internet, advertising the minor victims for commercial sex acts.

She also provided her own telephone number on the ads, as a means of communication to arrange “dates” between the minor victims and customers.

Brianna Wright also transported the minor victims to and from the arranged prostitution “dates.” Zerrell Fuentes is currently in custody on a federal firearms violation and will appear in court on the sex trafficking charges.

The penalty for each of the eight sex trafficking related offenses is a mandatory minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Zerrell Fuentes is also facing a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the unrelated firearms offense.