St. Pete woman accused of making girl, 14, have sex with men

Katilia Seymour, Pinellas County Jail booking photo
Katilia Seymour, Pinellas County Jail booking photo

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – A St. Petersburg woman is accused of making arrangements for a 14-year-old girl to have sex with men for money.

Deputies with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office arrested Katilia Seymour, 33, and charged her with human trafficking of a minor.

Detectives began their investigation on October 20 when the 14-year-old female victim informed them that she was having sexual encounters with men for money.

The victim told detectives that she ran away from her home on October 2 and needed a place to stay when she was introduced to the suspect, Katilia Seymour.

Detectives say Seymour rented a motel room for the victim; and in return, the victim agreed to engage in prostitution. Seymour took photographs of the victim wearing only panties and a tank top and posted the images on the backpage.com website for the purpose of promoting prostitution.

Detectives say men responded to the advertisements and each paid $180 to have sexual relations with the victim. Seymour would then collect more than half of the money for herself.

Through various investigative techniques, detectives were able to corroborate the victim’s allegations.

On October 28, detectives interviewed Seymour. She was arrested and charged with human trafficking of a child under 18.

The victim was placed in the care of the Florida Department of Children and Families.

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