40-year sentence sought for man convicted of sex trafficking

CHICAGO (AP) — Federal prosecutors are seeking a 40-year prison sentence for man found guilty of sex-trafficking a Chicago teenager who was murdered.

Joseph Hazley was found guilty in March of sex-trafficking 16-year-old Desiree Robinson and two other victims. Robinson was allegedly killed in December 2016 by a man who answered an online sex advertisement.

The 35-year-old Hazley, who awaits sentencing June 12, was the second person convicted in connection with Robinson’s case. Charles McFee pleaded guilty last year to sex-trafficking conspiracy.

Although Hazley was not charged directly in Robinson’s death , prosecutors contend the case is a stark reminder of the “constant state of danger” faced by sex trafficking victims. In his filing, defense attorney Raymond Wigell wrote Hazley has mourned woman’s death.

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Antonio Rosales is awaiting trial on first-degree murder and aggravated sexual abuse charges in Robinson’s death.

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