GR man convicted of child sex trafficking

Eddie Allen Jackson (Courtesy Michigan Department of Corrections - March 2009)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A jury has convicted a man of recruiting teen girls in Muskegon to work as prostitutes in Grand Rapids.

Federal prosecutors said 31-year-old Eddie Jackson targeted girls in eighth, ninth and 10th grades during the July and August of 2012, then drove them to Grand Rapids to work on the streets. He also took the girls meetings with men for prostitution purposes, authorities say.

Jackson, of Grand Rapids, was convicted Tuesday of three counts of child sex trafficking.

It was the first federal conviction of it’s kind in West Michigan, U.S. Attorney Patrick Miles said in a statement.

Sentencing is scheduled for September. Jackson faces a mandatory sentence of 10 years to life in prison.

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