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Published On: Thu, Nov 10th, 2016

Texas: Nathan Oliva gets 30 years for trafficking a teen sex slave in Denton hotel

A Missouri man has been sentenced to federal prison for child sexual exploitation Wednesday, including a case involving a child who was commercially trafficked online from a Denton, Texas hotel.

Nathan Oliva, 30, has been sentenced to 365 months in federal prison in a shocking human trafficking case, confirmed by U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston.

Oliva was linked to classified ads on Backpage.com offering up the victim for commercial sex after an anonymous phone call tipped off police that a child was being trafficking at a Denton hotel, which is where police found the man and the victim.

She had been beaten by Oliva, claiming she was afraid for her life because Oliva had threatened to hurt her again, only worse. She said he also took away her cell phone, driver’s license and social security card, and had threatened to harm her parents as well, police said.

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Oliva admitted to posting ads on Backpage.com that offered sex with the minor as part of his plea, Featherston said.

Project Safe Childhood was implemented in May 2016 by the Department of Justice to tackle the crisis of child sexual trade.

Oliva pleaded guilty on Jan. 28, 2016.

Assistant U.S. Marisa J. Miller, Eastern District of Texas, prosecuted this case.

This investigation was conducted under HSI’s Operation Predator, an international initiative to protect children from sexual predators. Since the launch of Operation Predator in 2003, HSI has arrested more than 14,000 individuals for crimes against children, including the production and distribution of online child pornography, traveling overseas for sex with minors, and sex trafficking of children. In fiscal year 2015, nearly 2,400 individuals were arrested by HSI special agents under this initiative and more than 1,000 victims identified or rescued.

HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free Tip Line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators. From outside the U.S. and Canada, callers should dial 802-872-6199. Hearing impaired users can call TTY 802-872-6196.

Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, via its toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST.

For additional information about wanted suspected child predators, download HSI’s Operation Predator smartphone app or visit the online suspect alerts page.

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