Women Get Seven Years in Child Prostitution Scheme
Byline: Harry Hitzeman email@example.com
A judge Tuesday sentenced two Lake in the Hills women to seven years in prison for their roles in the prostitution of a 14-year-old girl from Kansas.
Kari Knox, 37, and Antwanette Atkins, 44, faced up to 30 years in prison after a jury convicted them of involuntary servitude of a minor after an August trial.
The girl testified that she had sex with two men for money on Dec. 31, 2009, but had second thoughts about it and wanted to go home the next day.
"The defendants are convicted of involuntary servitude of a minor. That crime involves always commercial sexual activity by a minor and consequently carries with it the threat of bodily harm (through exposure to sexually transmitted diseases)," McHenry County Judge Joseph Condon said.
Assistant State's Attorney Sharyl Eisenstein argued for a 10-year sentence for Knox and 12 years for Atkins.
Eisenstein pointed to prostitution histories for both women -- Atkins alone had 196 prostitution convictions -- as reasons for longer sentences, as well as the age of the girl at the time.
Eisenstein also argued that both women were active participants in the scheme, buying the girl sexy clothes, taking photos, creating a website posting and telling the girl how to act. …