A coffee stand owner has pleaded guilty to child sex trafficking, authorities said.
Caitlin Cottrell, 29, of Southfield, pleaded guilty on Monday to one count of child trafficking.
She faces a maximum of 15 years in prison.
According to a criminal complaint filed in the Northern District of Michigan, Cottrel worked as a barista at a coffee stand in Southfield for about six years.
She said the kids were from poor families and were abused in her shop.
According the complaint, Cotrell said she and her colleagues were told that children as young as 10 were regularly being trafficked into the United States.
She said the workers were paid a fixed wage for a year and a day and then were shipped to a hotel where they were beaten, tortured and raped.
Cottrell said the children were taken to an airport where they would be sold to people who would then give them drugs and alcohol.
Cotsrell said when she first learned about the children she contacted police and the FBI.
She told the police that she and other staff members were also victims.
Investigators said the abuse began in early 2013.
The children were allegedly taken to a motel in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and then to a home in South Bay, California, where they slept in a closet.
The complaint alleges that the victims were trafficked by Cottreds mother and then by her husband, who lived in the area.
Cotrell told the FBI she was aware of the abuse and knew the children.
She told police she took the children to the hotel, but was unable to protect them because the hotel employees had been drinking.
She also told investigators that she did not have enough money to care for the children and that she was afraid the children would be taken away by someone else.