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Pinellas sex trafficking suspect turns herself in

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One of the motels where investigators say the teens were forced to perform sex acts One of the motels where investigators say the teens were forced to perform sex acts
ST. PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) -

A woman wanted in connection with the sex trafficking of two 14-year-olds has turned herself in.

At approximately 9:00 am Friday morning, Keosha Renee Jones turned herself in to a St. Petersburg Police Department Officer and members of the FBI Pinellas Office - Child Exploitation Task Force (CETF).  

The FBI says Jones forced two 14-year-old girls to prostitute themselves at cheap Pinellas county motels. 

An arrest warrant says Jones threatened to kill the teens if they didn't make money. It says Jones and another person would advertise on the web site "backpage.com" with one ad reading, "2 Ebony Princesses that like to live, laugh and have fun any way u want."

"She was actually using the internet which is a common practice in this particular criminal problem or violation where these individuals that are exploiting, they'll get on the internet and they'll advertise these kids like they're property," said the FBI's David Couvertier.

The warrant says Jones would await a phone call, meet a customer at a gas station, then use several different rooms at places like the Bayway Inn on 34th Street South.

The FBI spokesman says the two teenagers involved in this case charged between $50 and $100 per customer.  They didn't even get to keep the money; they had to turn over all the cash.

The teens, who are runaways, are back with their families.

A federal judge ordered Jones to be held until a detention hearing next Tuesday.

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