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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 10, 2016

New Orleans Man Pleads Guilty to Use of an Interstate Facility to Promote Prostitution

U.S. Attorney Kenneth A. Polite announced that DAVID MICHAEL WHITE, JR., a/k/a “Prince Loyalty,” age 33, of New Orleans pled guilty today to two counts of use of an interstate facility to promote prostitution.

According to court documents, WHITE operated a prostitution business based in New Orleans.  To recruit costumers, WHITE used the internet website Backpage to post “escort” ads and market women for prostitution.  In August 2015, WHITE arranged for a victim, a 19-year-old woman from Shreveport, whom he met over the internet, to visit him for a date.  When WHITE picked up the victim from the bus station, WHITE told the victim he was a pimp.   WHITE persuaded and enticed the victim to engage in commercial sex acts for his personal financial benefit, by posting advertisements of her for commercial sex services on Backpage.   WHITE also pled guilty to advertising a 19-year-old female victim from New Orleans on Backpage in January 2013.   WHITE received all the proceeds from the commercial sex acts both victims performed as result of WHITE’S Backpage postings.

For each count, WHITE faces up to five years imprisonment and/or a fine of not more than $250,000, up to three years of supervised release following imprisonment, plus a mandatory special assessment of $200.  U.S. District Judge Eldon E. Fallon set sentencing for February 16, 2017.

U.S. Attorney Polite praised the work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Homeland Security Investigations in investigating this matter.  Assistant United States Attorney Julia K. Evans is in charge of the prosecution.

Topic: 
Human Trafficking
Updated November 10, 2016