On Wednesday, November 9, 2022 the following press release was issued by the U.S. Attorney's Office of the Eastern District of Michigan.
DETROIT – A Detroit man who sex trafficked two minor girls while he was on bond and an electronic tether for state sex trafficking charges was sentenced to 16 years in prison, United States Attorney Dawn N. Ison announced today.
Ison was joined in the announcement by James A. Tarasca, Special Agent in Charge of the Detroit Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Kollier Radney, 30, was sentenced by Chief United States District Judge Sean F. Cox after having pleaded guilty in March to two counts of sex trafficking of children and one count of transporting a minor with the intent to engage in sexual activity.
According to court records, in October 2020, Radney met a 15-year-old girl on Snapchat and convinced to her to travel from Minnesota to Detroit with the promise of a lavish lifestyle. He purchased her plane ticket and arranged for her transportation to and from the airport. In reality, Radney flew the victim to Detroit with the intent that she engage in prostitution. When the victim arrived, Radney created and posted online commercial sex advertisements for her. Shortly thereafter, Radney met his second victim, a 16-year-old girl in Detroit. Radney took both victims to a hotel in Romulus, Michigan, where he rented a room for the three of them. While there, both victims engaged in commercial sex. Radney arranged the meetings between the 16-year-old victim and the sex buyers and took all of the proceeds. He also required the 15-year-old victim to give him a portion of her proceeds to help pay for the hotel room. Radney did all of this knowing that both victims were under 18 years old.
In October 2022, Radney was sentenced in state court to 24 to 240 months in prison for sex trafficking of a minor. This was the case for which he was on bond when he committed his federal sex trafficking crimes charged in this case.
“Radney took advantage of two vulnerable children, in one of the most terrible ways, for his own financial gain. Our office will work tirelessly to protect our most vulnerable and rid our communities of sexual predators who prey on our children,” U.S. Attorney Ison said.
“This defendant preyed upon very vulnerable teenagers by promising them shelter, money, and affection. Instead of providing those things, he callously sold them to other men for his own financial benefit,” said James A. Tarasca, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Detroit Field Office. “The FBI remains committed to working on behalf of victims across the State to hold traffickers responsible for their crimes.”
This case was investigated by the Southeast Michigan Trafficking and Exploitation Crimes Task Force (“SEMTEC”) of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ranya Elzein and Sara Woodward.