Man sentenced for sex trafficking after rescue made at Southfield hotel

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published February 27, 2019

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SOUTHFIELD — A victim of sex trafficking was rescued from a Southfield hotel recently.

According to a Feb. 22 news release from Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Detroit man was sentenced Feb. 21 for his involvement in sex trafficking.

Aaron Streety, 34, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three to 15 years in prison for the offense in front of Judge Phyllis McMillen in Oakland County Circuit Court in Pontiac.

Officials said the victim was picked up by Streety at a bus stop, where she had just arrived from Georgia. Streety then took the victim’s phone and identification and forced her to perform commercial sex acts at a hotel in Southfield.

About a week later, officials said, the victim escaped and called police.

Police caught Streety in the act in May 2018, according to Oakland County court documents.

An undercover investigation into Streety had been launched by the Southeast Michigan Trafficking and Exploitation Crimes task force prior to the rescue. Investigators saw ads for backpage.com, which used Streety’s personal email and phone number.

“(Investigators) also conducted undercover operations where (the) defendant was discovered in establishments often associated with commercial sexual activity,” the prosecution said in court documents.

SEMTEC led an undercover operation in Dearborn that resulted in Streety’s arrest by an undercover officer. Court documents said the undercover officer made a deal for sex in exchange for money.

Through their investigation, police linked Streety to another hotel room, which showed evidence of Streety’s presence, as well as the Southfield hotel victim’s identification and credit cards.

“This case only scratches the surface of our team’s commitment to fighting against this heinous crime,” Nessel said in a prepared statement. “This should paint a clear picture that Michigan won’t harbor these criminals or anyone who lines their pockets by exploiting people and preying on our children.”

John Holmes, an attorney for Streety, could not be reached for comment by press time.

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