Two men were found guilty Wednesday of using two runaways from a Scottsdale juvenile detention center as prostitutes.
Uawndre Fields, 31, of San Diego, and DePaul Brooks, 27, of National City, Calif., met two teenage girls and persuaded them to work as prostitutes. The men were found guilty in U.S. District Court in Phoenix of child sex trafficking and interstate transportation of a minor for prostitution.
The two girls, who were 15 and 16 at the time, were runaways from a juvenile detention facility in Scottsdale. Fields and Brooks met up with them at a Mesa motel.
Fields and Brooks took the girls to San Diego in April 2006 and advertised their services on Cragslist.com, a popular online classified site. Only one of the juveniles worked as a prostitute in San Diego.
After spending five days in San Diego, Fields and Brooks brought the girls back to Phoenix to continue working as prostitutes. The girls returned to juvenile detention later the same month.
Sentencing for Fields and Brooks is set for May 5. A third participant, Julia Fonteneaux, 23, of San Diego, pleaded guilty and testified during the trial.