ATLANTA -- A Norcross man will spend 10 years in federal prison for trying to buy a 14-year-old girl to be his sex slave.
Carl Skow was sentenced Wednesday. After getting out of prison, he will register as a sex offender and spend the rest of his life on supervised release.
According to information presented in court, Skow, 37, posted an online ad that offered a young girl money for sex. An undercover federal agent found and responded to the ad, telling Skow he could help him buy a teenager from Guatemala.
"The defendant's attempt to purchase an underage girl from Guatemala makes plain the fact that human trafficking is indeed a form of modern day slavery," Homeland Security Special Agent in Charge Brock D. Nicholson said in a release.
In June and July 2011, Skow and the undercover agent talked, emailed and met several times as they planned to purchase the girl. Skow reportedly made a down payment of $1,250 on the $2,500 he agreed to pay the agent for a year of the girl's services.
Skow arrived at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport on July 6, 2011 to pick up the girl. He was arrested instead. Federal agents also executed a search warrant on Skow's home and seized a computer filled with child pornography, as well as a list of rules for the sex slave that required her to service him whenever he chose.
"It is shocking that this defendant would endeavor to buy a young girl, imported from another country, as his personal sex slave," U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said. "Sex trafficking is a horrendous trade. Those who insist on preying on innocent people this way should expect jail in their future."
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