A Broward man trafficked teenage girls from Fort Lauderdale to Orlando, luring them at hotel parties and on social media with promises of money and a warm place to stay.
Kerby Brown Jr., a.k.a. “Slime,” was sentenced Friday to 30 years in prison and five years’ supervised release after a federal jury found him guilty of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a minor, attempted sex trafficking of a minor, and sex trafficking of a minor in August.
The 26-year-old Hollywood native faced a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life imprisonment on three counts relating to the trafficking of three minor victims, though he has conspired to traffic at least five minor girls since 2018, according to the U.S Attorney’s Office.
Brown was initially arrested in May 2019 when a Hollywood police officer made an appointment for commercial sex with Brown’s “girlfriend,” another trafficking victim and a “co-conspirator,” according to the U.S Attorney’s Office.
But law enforcement had encountered Brown as early as November 2018, when a 14-year old runaway went to a party with him at a Ramada Hotel in Hollywood. At the party, he tried to recruit her to post commercial sex advertisements online, according to the probable cause affidavit, and she said no. He posted the advertisements anyway.
The victim’s friend and friend’s mother discovered the advertisements and called Hollywood police, who interviewed the victim.
She told them that Brown had reserved two rooms at the hotel, one of which was for prostitution. Hollywood police also interviewed Brown at the hotel and released him after he denied any involvement in prostitution.
A few months later, in January 2019, a 15-year old girl ran away from home. She was searching for a new place to stay when a friend showed her Brown’s Instagram and the two began a conversation. She told him she was a student at Fort Lauderdale High School.
“Idek you,” she said in a text. (Idek means “I don’t even know.”)
He replied, “I kno but l wouldn’t want you outside it’s cold out here.”
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The two spent a week at a Motel 6 in Fort Lauderdale before Brown took her and others to Orlando. Once there, he told her that he needed her to make money to help pay for the hotel and car rentals. He took pictures of her for commercial sex advertisements online, then drove her to the “John’s” houses, where she said she stalled and eventually acquiesced to “whatever they wanted her to do,” the affidavit states.
At first they split the money, but eventually Brown took all of it.
That May, as part of an undercover operation at the La Quinta hotel in Hollywood, Brown arrived for the “date” with the undercover Hollywood officer, his “girlfriend” and co-conspirator, and the third minor victim, a 17-year old girl, in the back seat of the car. Her only possessions were a cellphone and condoms.
The 17-year old told law enforcement that Brown would let his “girlfriend” stop having commercial sex only if she found someone to take her place. She was that someone.
Friday’s sentencing comes nearly three years after the case began in January 2020, delayed by the pandemic and six changes of defense attorneys. In April, Brown elected to defend himself, which the judge grudgingly allowed.
“I do want to warn you, Mr. Brown, that you have been through a lot of lawyers,” the judge at the time said during the motion hearing. “… So there is going to come a point in time where you might just get what you want and that might not be to your benefit.”
In August, shortly before the trial, Brown hired a new defense attorney.