Pair Faces Federal Charges in Sex Trafficking of 5 Minors

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    A former and current Connecticut resident faced a judge in New Haven after allegedly selling five children for sex, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

    Two people with Connecticut ties answered to sex trafficking charges in New Haven after allegedly selling five children into sex slavery between June 2013 and February 2014, according to the release.

    Wellington “Jamal” Brown, 25, a Jamaican citizen who lives in Hartford; and Sheena Dume, 21, formerly of Stratford and Greenwich, faced a judge in federal court following their July 30 arrests in Glen Burnie, Maryland.

    They’re accused of recruiting, transporting and selling five minors into sex slavery with the help of other individuals not named in the press release.

    The pair was arrested in Maryland after the indictment was returned at the end of last month. They were extradited to Connecticut and presented to a federal grand jury, the U.S. Attorney’s Office says.

    Dume and Brown were arraigned Aug. 7 and Aug. 12, respectively.

    If convicted, they could face life in prison and will each be sentenced to at least 10 years behind bars, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.