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Pimp Sentenced to 17.5 Years in Prison for Sex Trafficking and Transporting Minorsto Las Vegas to Work as Prostitutes

December 10, 2009

Las Vegas, Nev. – A pimp from Illinois who transported minors to Las Vegas to work as prostitutes was sentenced today to 17.5 years in federal prison and three years of supervised release, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.

Quinton Williams, aka Goldie, 47, of Chicago, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Kent J. Dawson. Williams was convicted by a jury on March 6, 2009, of Transportation of a Female for Prostitution, Transportation of a Minor for Prostitution, Money Laundering, Sex Trafficking of Children, and Interstate Travel in Aid of Racketeering.

During 2001, Williams operated a prostitution business involving the transportation of women to various states for the purpose of prostitution. In December 2001, Williams transported a 15 year-old-female and an adult female by automobile from Chicago to Portage, Indiana; Houston, Texas; Phoenix, Arizona; and Las Vegas, Nevada. In those cities, Williams supervised the prostitution activities of the adult and minor female, and received all of their earnings. On December 29, 2001, Williams rented hotel rooms for himself and the females at the Budget Suites motel on Tropicana Boulevard, and directed the females to engage in prostitution at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The females were arrested that evening at Mandalay Bay after soliciting two Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Vice Detectives for prostitution.

During the 1990's and through 2001, Williams filed only one federal individual income tax return with total reported earnings of less than $500. Williams had no legitimate source of income other than his financial gains from illegal pimping. He used the earnings of his prostitution-related activities to purchase vehicles to transport the females and for other costs associated with perpetuating his illegal prostitution activity.

Williams was previously convicted in 2003 of the same charges and sentenced to 10 years in prison, but the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals remanded his case for a new trial in April 2008. Although his sentence in 2003 was 10 years, Williams was sentenced today to a higher term of imprisonment due to his designation as a career criminal. Williams has three prior felony convictions in Illinois - two for controlled substance offenses and one for attempted robbery. Williams has been in federal custody since 2003.

The case was investigated by IRS Criminal Investigation and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department VICE Unit, and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Christina Brown and Jeffrey Tao.

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