It’s not just California’s Proposition 35 that is toughening the arrests and sentencing of pimps and human traffickers. All around America, they are being taken down more effectively and facing ever harsher prison sentences in the decades.
Otis Deno Washington had the unenviable fortune of beating his brother’s record Thursday in Ramsey County District Court.
Washington, 30, was sentenced to more than 40 years in prison for his involvement with his family’s Twin Cities sex-trafficking and prostitution business that exploited teenage girls and women over a nearly two-year period.
It was the longest sentenced imposed on a sex-trafficking defendant in state history, according to the Ramsey County attorney’s office.
The previous record holder was Washington’s brother, Antonio Dion Washington-Davis, who drew a sentence of nearly 36 years on Dec. 19 for his involvement in the prostitution ring.
Two uncles of the Washington brothers, Robert James Washington, 56, and Calvin Roy Washington, 50, also were convicted of sex-trafficking charges and got lesser sentences.
Otis Washington and his family were charged with prostituting 10 girls and women ranging in age from 15 to 40. The defendants placed hundreds of ads of the victims on websites such as Backpage.com.
A criminal complaint said the prostitution operation preyed on young, small women, some with mental disabilities.
In St. Paul sex-trafficking case, a record 40-year prison term
It’s standard for prison sentences of pimps and human traffickers to be in the decades instead of the single digit years.
A Bremerton (west of Seattle) pimp was sentenced to 50 years in prison Thursday. The sentence was longer than the standard because of the deliberate cruelty, manipulation and torture he used during five months of prostituting his victim, according to the Kitsap County Prosecutor’s Office.
Anthony Parker, 33, was found guilty of 11 counts related to sex trafficking Nov. 26 and was sentenced to 601 months in prison Thursday in Kitsap County Superior Court. He will also have to register as a sex offender upon his release.
“This sentence is long, but it is fair given the harm done by Mr. Parker to the victim and our community,” Kitsap County Prosecuting Attorney Russell Hauge said in a press release. “Parker has earned his time in prison , and Kitsap County is a better place because he is locked up.”
According to the Prosecutor’s Office, Parker and a female accomplice recruited the 23-year-old victim by bailing her out of Kitsap County Jail before advertising her as a prostitute online.
At the height of the victim’s five-month ordeal, she was being forced to prostitute herself up to 10 times a day, seven days a week.
Bremerton pimp gets 50 years in prison for sex trafficking
A typical sad story of being caught in a prostitution arrest. After the arrest and going through the legal system, the worst is yet to come. Those arrested often lose their jobs, reputation, family, and marriage. In the Escambia County (Florida) prostitution sting from Dec 2013 to Jan 2014, one of those arrested for soliciting a prostitute was fired from his pastor and leadership position at the Atmore (Alabama) Apostolic Church.
Michael Steven Ward (DOB 8/2/1966) of Molino, Florida was a pastor and leader at the Atmore Apostolic Church for several years. Ward was arrested on Jan 3, 2014 and charged with procuring for prostitution, a second-degree misdemeanor. He was released later that same day on $500 bond. He was then fired by his church.
Florida pastor loses job after arrest in prostitution sting
California’s Proposition 35 against human traffickers which passed in November 2012 continues to punish the most heinous pimps out there. Ray Rhodes, 33, was pimping an underage 13 year old girl in the Long Beach area.
On June 27, 2013, he was convicted on two counts of lewd act with a child, one count of procuring a child for a lewd act, one count of pandering a minor under 16 years of age, and one count of pimping a minor under 16 years of age. Rhodes will not be eligible for parole until he is 73.
Before proposition 35 passed, Rhodes would only face a maximum of 8 years in prison, and most likely serve less than 5 years in prison.
Man Who Pimped Out 13-Year-Old Girl Sentenced to 45 Years in Prison
Jan 6, 2014 – Escambia County, Florida
A large scale prostitution sweep in Escambia County (on the western tip of the Florida panhandle), Florida throughout December 2013 led to the arrests of 51 women and men. Street prostitutes, internet escort service providers, and their solicitors were all arrested.
51 Arrests Made in Prostitution Sweep (With Mugshots)