9 sex traffickers sentenced in Columbia
GREENVILLE, S.C. — Nine men were sentenced Monday for abusing, torturing and forcing more than 100 young women and underage girls into prostitution, prosecutors said.
The crimes were committed throughout the Southeast from 2014 through the summer of 2016.
Prosecutors said the men forced the victims, many of whom are minors, to have sex with numerous johns per night.
The sex traffickers used brutal tactics, including physical beatings, brandings, supplying and withholding of drugs, threats and various other forms of psychological manipulation in order to make the victims comply, prosecutors said.
“Over the past several years, we have seen gangs and what were formerly exclusively drug conspiracies expand into human trafficking to fund their organizations,” U. S. Attorney Beth Drake said.
The men were sentenced in Columbia, Drake said.
Bakari “Bizzle” McMillan, 25, of Columbia, was sentenced to 40 years in prison for conspiracy to commit sex trafficking and trafficking of a minor for sex involving force, fraud and coercion
Corey “Clow” Miller, 44, of Orangeburg, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for conspiracy to commit sex trafficking and trafficking of a minor for sex involving force, fraud and coercion.
The other seven defendants pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit sex trafficking.
Tremel “Sincere” or “New York” Black, 33, of New York, was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Robert “Kareem Banks,” “Nino Black” or “Black”, Black, 47, of New York, was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Desmond “Six” Singletary,” 32, of Florence, was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Kerry “KJ” Taylor, 23, of Columbia, was sentenced to 11 years in prison.
Ryan “Gotti”or “Qweezy” Turner, 25, of Columbia, was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Da’Shun “Dae Dae”Curry, 25, of Columbia, was sentenced to nine years in prison.
Howard “Poppa” Parker, 25, of Columbia was sentenced to six years in prison.
Damon “D” or “Daddy Frost” Jackson, age unavailable, was also convicted at trial but has yet to be sentenced.
All of the men were sentenced to lifetime supervision, mandatory registration as sex offenders, participation in a computer/internet monitoring program and other conditions that are imposed on convicted sex offenders.
“Human trafficking is a heinous crime, akin to modern day slavery,” acting Atlanta Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent in Charge Gregory L. Wiest said. “These significant sentencings should serve as a grave warning that HSI special agents and our law enforcement partners -- like the North Charleston Police Department -- will use our full investigative resources to hold criminals accountable.”
Drake added, “We have the legal tools to take the organizations apart and need the public’s help. If you see something, say something. The Polaris Hotline, 1-888-3737-888, is available 24 hours a day to receive tips.”