Osbie Sea, a 32-year-old rapper known by the monikers "Mr. Money" and “Hard Money," has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a minor.
In 2013, Sea met a then-14-year-old girl at Kmart in the city’s Raleigh community. According to the U.S. Attorney’s office, Sea introduced himself to the teenage girl, handed her a flyer, and told her to call him if she wanted to make some money.
After getting into an argument with a family member, the teen ran away from home. She contacted Sea, and he reportedly took her to his apartment. Sea later took her to the Extended Stay America near the intersection of Kirby Parkway and Poplar Avenue.
While at the hotel, Sea took provocative pictures of the victim and posted them on Backpage.com — a site allegedly used by people to solicit prostitution.
Sea reportedly knew the victim was underage. However, he instructed her to tell people that she was 18.
Under Sea’s direction, the victim had intercourse with at least two individuals for money, according to the U.S. Attorney's office. Sea took all of the money she earned from the commercial sex acts.
In addition to his 10-year prison sentence, Sea will have to serve five years of supervised release.
By Louis Goggans