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Detroit man convicted of sex trafficking and child porn charges; victim found chained at the neck

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Wayne County Sheriff's Dept.

While searching the Michigan home of suspect Ryon Travis, 38, the police discovered a woman chained to a stripper pole.

Travis, a father of seven, faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in federal prison after jurors found him guilty of sex trafficking and child pornography.

Law enforcement was initially investigating Travis concerning fraud allegations in 2016.

When police raided Travis' home, they found graphic images depicting an adult male engaging in sexual acts with a child. Law enforcement returned to the house to discover a woman chained at the neck who Travis claimed was his wife. Travis insisted they were about to engage in sexual acts when asked why the woman was chained.

In a later interview with the female victim, she told authorities that Travis had beaten her and restrained her to a stripper pole for two weeks as punishment for attempting to escape.

Law enforcement stated Travis was running a brothel out of his Michigan home – posting an advertisement online and inviting interested men over to purchase sexual favors with the women.

During the investigation, officers found another three women Travis forced into sex trafficking.

U.S. attorney Dawn Ison stated that Travis had "exploited a child and an adult victim in brutal ways."

In addition to the trafficking charges, the Detroit man was also found guilty of selling photos online of underage victims.

Travis has attempted to be released on bond and have his case thrown out several times. He stated, "I choose not to do business with this court. I ask that this case be dismissed." However, the court continues to deny his requests.

"Combatting human trafficking remains one of our office's top priorities, and we will continue to use every tool in our law enforcement arsenal to combat the sexual exploitation of vulnerable victims in our communities and ensure that predators are held accountable," stated Ison.

Sentencing will take place in November, and Travis faces the possibility of life in prison.

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