Mother, son charged with sex trafficking

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California mother and her 22-year-old son have been indicted on sex trafficking charges for pimping out a teenage girl since the age of 15.

Federal authorities in Los Angeles say Joshua Jerome Davis and 45-year-old Sharilyn Kae Anderson were each charged Thursday with five counts, including child sex trafficking.

If convicted, the pair faces at least 15 years in prison.

Court documents show that Davis first began talking online with the girl in 2010 when she was 14. Authorities say the mother-son duo then put the girl to work as a prostitute at several hotels in Southern California as well Las Vegas casinos.

The girl, now 17, has been placed in a shelter. The indictment also says Anderson and Davis forced a second victim to work as a prostitute.