Fort Worth man gets 30 years in prostitution case

A 36-year-old Fort Worth man was sentenced Monday to 30 years in federal prison followed by 30 years of supervised release for sex-trafficking and prostitution-related felonies, according to a Justice Department news release.

Marcus Choice Williams pleaded guilty in March 2011 to one count of conspiracy to transport individuals for prostitution; six counts of transporting individuals for prostitution; one count of sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion; two counts of attempted sex trafficking by force; and one count of money laundering.

Co-defendants Kenya Thomas, 32, of Plano, and Preston Petitt, 45, of Houston, were sentenced to 37 months in prison and two years supervised, according to the news release.

According to prosecutors, Williams operated an interstate prostitution ring, including adult escort web sites, headquartered in the Metroplex and operating in the Boston and Washington, D.C., metro areas.

Williams recruited vulnerable women, specifically single mothers from troubled backgrounds, the release stated.


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