Paxton’s Human Trafficking and Transnational Organized Crime Division Helps Obtain Punishments for Human Traffickers

Joylette Blanton, 30, of Sherman, Texas, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for forced prostitution of a minor and human trafficking, under a plea deal with the Grayson County District Attorney’s Office . The Office of the Attorney General’s Human Trafficking and Transnational/Organized Crime Division (HTTOC), represented by Assistant Attorney General Brooke Grona-Robb, participated in the prosecution, along with Assistant Attorney General Grayson County, Laura Wheeler, and Assistant District Attorney Lindsay Willeford.

Following law enforcement receiving a notification of an announcement of a child victim on an escort site, the investigation led to Blanton’s residence in Sherman. After obtaining arrest warrants, Blanton and his co-defendant, Robert Franklin, were tracked down and arrested in their apartment complex. Blanton claimed to act under Franklin’s direction and was also involved in acts of prostitution and sex trafficking for Franklin. It was revealed that Blanton was harboring the victim and transporting her to perform sex acts. The victim was later found and returned to his guardians.

Co-defendant Robert Franklin is currently being held in Fannin County Jail with federal narcotics charges pending and also has an indictment pending in 15th District Court for human trafficking.

Homeland Security Investigations, the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Criminal Investigations Division, the U.S. Marshal Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force (JETFTF), and investigators and prosecutors from the Grayson County District Attorney’s Office also participated. to obtain this conviction.

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