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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 21, 2015

New York Man Sentenced For Sex Trafficking Females

 

PHILADELPHIA - Justin Williams, a/k/a ANew York Ice, a/k/a APimp Juice, 40, of New York, NY, was sentenced today to 30 years in prison for sex trafficking young women. A federal jury found Williams guilty in September 2013 of two counts of sex trafficking by force and one count of tampering with a witness.  In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Court Judge J. Curtis Joyner ordered 10 years of supervised release.

            Between November 2011 and January 2012, Williams recruited young females to work as prostitutes in his business who were advertised on the Internet for purchase, using locations such as “Backpage,” for purposes of prostitution. Williams engaged in acts of physical violence to force the victims to remain in his business. The advertisements featured pictures of the victims, scantily clad, the price, and a phone number to call to arrange a meeting with a female. Williams forced the victims to engage in sex acts with clients.

            Williams exploited at least three females, ranging in age from 18 to 27. He moved them between Philadelphia, New York, Atlantic City, NJ, and Washington, DC, for purposes of prostitution. He was convicted of two counts of sex trafficking by force and one count of witness tampering for writing a letter to victim #2 to retract her statement prior to trial.

            This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Arlington County Police Department (Arlington, VA), with assistance from the Philadelphia First Judicial Court Warrant Unit, and the New York City Police Department. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Morgan.

Topic(s): 
Human Trafficking
Updated December 18, 2015