Woman Wanted for Teen Sex Trafficking Surrenders in St. Petersburg: FBI

The FBI had said Thursday that Keosha Renee Jones, 21, might be in Miami

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    Keosha Renee Jones

    A Florida woman sought by the FBI in a teen sex trafficking case turned herself in to authorities in St. Petersburg Friday, the FBI said.

    The agency said Thursday that it believed that Keosha Renee Jones, 21, might be in Miami, but she surrendered to a St. Petersburg Police officer and members of the FBI Pinellas Office Child Exploitation Task Force at about 9 a.m. Friday, the FBI said in a statement. She is a St. Petersburg resident, the FBI said.

    Jones is accused of engaging in the commercial sex trafficking of two 14-year-old girls, according to the FBI.

    Court records said Jones posted nude pictures of the girls to the classified ad site www.backpage.com. Then she made them perform sex acts at motels in Pinellas County, and Jones and another suspect kept the cash, the records said.

    The girls, who were runaways, told detectives they thought Jones would kill them if they didn't make money, authorities said.

    Jones was expected to have an initial appearance in federal court in Tampa Friday afternoon, according to the FBI.

    The FBI asked anyone with information about the case to call the agency at 1-866-838-1153.