In early 2016, the Attorney General's Office charged Amber Speed, 40 of Lansing, with multiple 20-year felonies, including Minor Sex Trafficking, Pandering, Accepting the Earning of a Prostitute and Debt Bondage.
Speed is alleged to have conducted an “escort” operation, posting advertisements for commercial sex for herself and at least three other girls and young women online. The alleged victims were minors when they were brought into the human trafficking ring. The victims were allegedly forced to turn over the money from the commercial sex acts to Speed who would then provide the victims with highly addictive drugs. Speed allegedly trafficked minors several times from 2009 through approximately 2014.
Speed was found guilty by a jury of one felony count of conducting a criminal enterprise for running a sex trafficking ring comprised of minors in the Lansing area in January 2018. On February 28, 2018 Speed was sentenced to five to 20 years in prison.