ROMULUS, Mich. – A man has been sentenced after he used Snapchat to lure a 15-year-old girl from Minnesota, met a 16-year-old girl in Detroit, and forced them both into sex trafficking out of a hotel in Romulus.
Officials said Kollier Radney, 30, of Detroit, met a 15-year-old girl on Snapchat in October 2020 and convinced her to travel to Detroit from Minnesota. He promised her a lavish lifestyle, bought her a plane ticket, and arranged for her transportation from the airport, according to authorities.
In reality, Radney had lured the girl to Detroit so he could force her into sex trafficking. When the girl arrived, Radney created and posted online commercial sex advertisements for her, police said.
Soon after, Radney met a 16-year-old girl in Detroit and forced her into sex trafficking, as well.
He took both girls to a hotel in Romulus and rented a room for the three of them, officials said. Both girls engaged in commercial sex while Radney arranged the meetings and took all of the proceeds, according to authorities.
“This defendant preyed upon very vulnerable teenagers by promising them shelter, money, and affection,” said James A. Tarasca, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Detroit field office. “Instead of providing those things, he callously sold them to other men for his own financial benefit.”
Officials said Radney knew that both girls were under 18 years old.
“Radney took advantage of two vulnerable children, in one of the most terrible ways, for his own financial gain,” United States Attorney Dawn Ison said. “Our office will work tirelessly to protect our most vulnerable and rid our communities of sexual predators who prey on our children.”
Radney pleaded guilty in March to two federal counts of sex trafficking of children and one count of transporting a minor with the intent to engage in sexual activity.
Radney had been sentenced in state court last month to 2-20 years in prison for sex trafficking a minor in a separate case. He was out on bond for that case and wearing an electronic tether when he committed these new crimes, according to officials.
He has been sentenced to 16 years in prison on the new charges.