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Man from Albuquerque pleads guilty to federal sex trafficking charge

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of New Mexico

            Albuquerque, N.M. – Cornelius Galloway, 37, of Albuquerque, New Mexico pleaded guilty in federal court in Albuquerque today to conspiracy to commit sex trafficking.

            In Galloway’s plea agreement, he admitted participating in a sex trafficking ring in Bernalillo County from Oct. 2016 to Feb. 2017.  Galloway and other members of the ring operated a prostitution service in which they used force, threats, fraud and coercion to compel women to engage in sex for money.  Galloway admitted the members of the ring advertised prostitutes online, rented hotel rooms for prostitution, and arranged appointments with clients by phone.  They did not allow the victims any say about hours, fees, or locations, and forced them to turn over all the money they received from customers. 

            Galloway is in custody awaiting sentencing. He agreed to serve 17 years in prison under the terms of his plea agreement.   Co-defendant Danielle Galloway pleaded guilty Apr. 8, 2019 to conspiracy to commit sex trafficking.  She is currently awaiting sentencing.

            Two other co-defendants in the case, Marcus Taylor, 35, and Matthew Woods, 31, of Albuquerque, are in custody and scheduled for trial on August 10.   An indictment is only an accusation.  Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

            Homeland Security Investigations investigated this case with the Albuquerque Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys Letitia Carroll Simms and Jack E. Burkhead are prosecuting the case.

Updated March 18, 2020

Press Release Number: 20-047