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'Mr. Money' accused of sex trafficking

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(WMC-TV) – The accused sex trafficker "Mr. Money" will soon have to spend some of his hard-earned cash on attorneys. The Mid-South man is accused of recruiting teenage girls to the sex industry.

The so-called "Mr. Money" helped the feds in their investigation when he bragged about illegal activities on social media sites like Youtube. Investigators say Osbie Antonio Sea teamed up with his girlfriend in the sex trafficking, but they also believe she too was forced into the sex trade by him.

"He's a local rapper like anybody else," friend Joseph Darby said. "I don't know. I don't know this I don't believe it."

Barber Joseph Darby can't believe the man whose hair he cuts two or three times a week is charged with child sex trafficking by the feds.

Osbie Antonio Sea who calls himself "Mr. Money" and "Hard Money" even did a commercial for Darby at the Barbershop where he works.

Investigators say Sea used several methods like Facebook and Youtube to recruit victims. He also promoted his rap career on the internet.

Investigators say he met one of his victims, a 14-year-old girl, at a K-Mart in Raleigh. He told her to call him if she wanted to make some money.

"I don't believe he be messing with no underage girls," Darby said.

The feds say a 14-year-old ended up at the Extended Stay America at Kirby Parkway and Poplar with Sea.

The girl told investigators Sea knew she was underage and told her to tell everyone she was 18 because he knew he could get in trouble. The teen also said she had sex with two men and Sea kept all of the money.

Investigators say Sea also took provocative photos of the teen and posted them on Backpage.com looking for customers.

Last week investigators say Sea got into a physical fight with his girlfriend and later tried to choke his 4-month-old child.

Osbie Antonio Sea is behind bars. If convicted he faces a minimum of 15 years in prison and could receive up to life.

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