John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut announced on Thursday that 24-year-old Christopher Hamlett has been arrested on a criminal complaint charging him with sex trafficking of a minor.
Officials say between Aug. and Nov. 2017, Hamlett coerced a minor to engage in prostitution in Hartford-area hotels.
In an interview with law enforcement, the victim stated that Hamlett initially gave the victim a percentage of money she earned through prostitution. He then allegedly began to take all of her money.
Victim stated to police that Hamlett told her, “It’s business. I have things that cost money. Just do as you’re told or I can make you disappear. No one is going to look for you.”
Officials say Hamlett advertised the victim’s prostitution services online.
Hamlett has been detained and is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 15.