Hawaii Pimp Gets 10 Years For Child Sex-Trafficking
Pimps with underage prostitutes in Hawaii be warned: the FBI has it out for you.
On Monday, a federal judge sentenced a pimp to 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to one count of sex trafficking of a minor by force.
Quadralis Watson, 28, had five women between the ages of 14 and 20 under his employ in 2007 and 2008. He admitted to having sex with the 14-year-old and beating her multiple times, once locking her in the trunk of a car for five hours.
Watson had a long history of crime in Honolulu and was arrested on drug charges in Georgia when federal agents caught up with him. He'd been arrested 73 times for theft, harassment and prostitution, among other charges.
The case is significant for its violence, and in part because successful prosecutions against pimps are rare.
Honolulu police routinely arrest prostitutes and their customers, but rarely arrest pimps.
Federal authorities step in when there's a minor involved. They're using Watson's conviction to send a message.
"If you're forcing underage girls into prostitution, you're going away for 10 to 30 years," said FBI Special Agent Gerry Johnson, who specializes in crimes against children.