Texas sex traf­ficker sen­tenced to 30 years

The Washington Times Daily - - Nation - BY JERRY SEPER

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.

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