Texas sex trafficker sentenced to 30 years
force; and one count of money laundering.
Co-defendants Kenya Thomas, 32, of Plano, Texas, and, Preston Petitt, 45, of Houston, were sentenced in April 2011 to 37 months in prison and two years of supervised release for their roles in the conspiracy.
“The courtęs sentence clearly reflects the seriousness of these awful sex trafficking crimes,” said Assistant Attorney General Thomas E. Perez, who heads the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. “The victims suffered physical assaults, sexual abuse and daily degradation all because of this defendantęs greed and callous disregard for them as individuals.
“We are committed to prosecuting sex traffickers and vindicating victimsę rights, as they were vindicated today,” he said.
Williams, also known as “Cross Country Redd,” “Redd” and “Marcus Choice,” recruited vulnerable women, specifically single mothers from troubled backgrounds, court records show. In some cases he used a combination of deception, fraud, coercion, threats and physical violence to compel the women to engage in prostitution.
“The idea that an individual can be held in captivity by another person and forced to work in the world of prostitution is shocking to most people, and todayęs sentence of 30 years in federal prison, shows the seriousness of the defendantęs crimes,” said U.S. Attorney Sarah R. Saldana in Texas.
The case was investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Errin Martin and Civil Rights Division trial attorney Myesha Braden.