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Nebraska woman accused of conspiracy to sex traffic minors in Seward has been sentenced

Omaha, Nebraska – On Monday, a lady from Seward was given a term for her role in a conspiracy to sex traffic kids.

Officials said that Sidney Marker, who is 28 years old and lives in Seward, was given a term for her role in a conspiracy to sex trade juveniles. Marker received a sentence of one hundred eighty months in jail. Marker will have to spend a period of five years of supervised release following her release from prison, and she will also be compelled to register as a sexual offender.

On November 8, 2022, Carney Turner, age 42, from Omaha was sentenced to life in prison for one count of conspiracy to sex traffic minors, three counts of sex trafficking of a minor, and two counts of enticing of a minor. The charges stemmed from an incident that occurred on November 8, 2022. Julisha Biggs, who is now 20 years old and hails from Omaha, Nebraska, was given a sentence of 87 months in jail by Chief Judge Robert F. Rossiter, Jr. for her part in the conspiracy.

When authorities were looking into another case involving sex trafficking in September of 2020, they came across electronic conversations that Turner had exchanged with a juvenile girl. These messages were found over the course of the investigation. The underage girl was questioned, and throughout the course of the conversation, she revealed that Turner had engaged in sexual trafficking with her for nearly three months, and that Turner had pocketed the profits from their sexual transactions.

In October of 2020, a second young female stated that she had been sexually attacked by a guy in a hotel room after Turner had taken her to the hotel and paid her to meet with the man. The assault allegedly took place after Turner had brought the first minor female to the hotel. A third young woman was reported missing from her foster home in November of 2020, and law police discovered that she had been posted in online sex advertisements using a phone number associated with Turner. The missing girl had been described as having brown hair and brown eyes.

While Turner was serving out a sentence for the state, Marker was working as a caseworker at the correctional facility where Turner was housed. The evidence obtained by law enforcement proved that Marker met Turner during this time. After that, Marker pursued careers in the fields of foster care and family assistance, being certified in both.

Following Turner’s time spent behind bars, Marker, Turner, and Biggs all shared a home in the Ralston neighborhood of Ralston. Between about January 2020 and February 2021, Turner recruited juveniles for commercial sex sales, marketed their services, and organized the transactions. The sex sales were conducted in hotels located inside Omaha and its surrounding areas, as well as in the apartment that Marker had rented out on his own. The flat was used as a residence for at least one of the minors for some portion of the time.

Marker aided with the process of obtaining hotel rooms and provided automobiles to transfer juveniles participating in commercial sex acts to the hotels where the actions were to take place. Biggs had enlisted the assistance of the kid who had been reported missing in November of 2020 in order to find employment with Turner.

Project Safe Childhood is a nationwide project that was started in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to tackle the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. This particular case was brought up as part of Project Safe Childhood.

Project Safe Childhood is a collaborative effort between the United States Attorney’s Offices and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice. The goal of this initiative is to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims of these crimes. Please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov if you would want any additional information regarding Project Safe Childhood.

The Homeland Security Investigations division, the Omaha Police Department, and the Attorney General’s Office in Nebraska all worked together to investigate this matter.

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