Omaha woman convicted of role in sex trafficking of four minors, sentenced to 142 months in prison
September 10, 2021 – Acting U.S. Attorney Jan Sharp announced that Lauryn Besta, 22, of Omaha, Nebraska, was sentenced today in federal court in Omaha for conspiring to have sex deals with a minor. United States Chief District Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. sentenced Besta to 142 months in jail. There is no parole in the federal system. After his release from prison, Besta will begin a five-year period of supervised release.
An investigation by Homeland Security Investigations and the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office determined that from January 2016 through January 2019, in the District of Nebraska and elsewhere, Besta (also known as “Lola” ) and a co-accused, Darien Brewer, conspired and agreed to recruit, transport and induce four underage women, under the age of 18, to engage in commercial sex. The victims were introduced to the prostitution lifestyle through the use of drugs and alcohol provided by Besta and Brewer. Besta and Brewer often called the miners “the rabbit gang.”
Investigators determined that Besta and Brewer would instruct minors how to advertise, solicit and bill for commercial sex acts in the Nebraska District and elsewhere. They have obtained commercial sex clients for minors by buying and posting advertisements on websites such as www.backpage.com. Sexual clients responded to advertisements by phone and text message, and commercial sex acts were coordinated to occur in various hotels, motels and other places. Besta and Brewer used vehicles and public roads to drive minors to various hotels, motels, and other places for commercial sex acts, including Omaha, Nebraska; Lincoln, Nebraska; Iowa; and Houston, Texas. The minors paid some or all of the payments received for commercial sex acts to Besta and Brewer.
On August 27, 2021, Chief Justice Rossiter sentenced Brewer to 180 months in jail and five years on probation.
This case has been investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office.
Source: MJ press release