A Topeka woman pleaded guilty Monday to the sex trafficking of a minor as part of a multi-state prostitution ring.
Michaela Hekekia, 36, admitted in her guilty plea in U.S. District Court that she trained a girl younger than 18 to work as a prostitute. She also admitted that she transported the girl from Kansas to a motel in Joplin, Mo., to work as a prostitute.
Federal prosecutors said the Topeka-based prostitution ring operated in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska, and had as many as 20 women working as prostitutes.
Hekekia began working as a prostitute for the ring, and later recruited and trained women and managed the group’s online advertising, according to prosecutors.
She is scheduled to be sentenced in March and faces a sentence of up to five years and 10 months in federal prison.