Federal law enforcement agencies have announced they're shutting down a brutal and vicious child sex trafficking kingpin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He'll now face 21-years in prison after a Federal sex-trafficking investigation led to the apprehension and prosecution of the notorious criminal.
As the source of a five-year-long investigation, the 47-year-old kingpin known as <i>Pimpin’ Paul</i>, Paul Carter, was under the microscope of multiple Federal agencies including the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Wisconsin Department of Justice, the Milwaukee Police Department, the FBI, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, and the Civil Rights Division’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit.
An official press release from the<a href="https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/wisconsin-man-sentenced-21-years-federal-prison-sex-trafficking-girls-and-young-women"><b> Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) website</b> </a>states that the perpetrator forced multiple young women and girls to engage in commercial sex and to perform at exotic dance clubs on Indian reservations in Northern Wisconsin.
“This case is an example of the ruthlessness of human traffickers who are willing to do anything, including victimizing women and girls, to make money,” said HSI Special Agent in Charge James M. Gibbons. “Human trafficking is modern-day slavery, and HSI will continue to collaborate with our community partners to bring justice to those impacted by this terrible crime.”
Court documents show that <i>Pimpin’ Paul</i> is responsible for luring the women both young women and underage girls to dance at clubs with the exotic promise of wealth and fame only to forcefully contain them into an illicit organization of slavelike conditions of prostitution and sex trafficking.
ICE states that <i>Pimpin’ Paul</i> “used a combination of physical violence, isolation, emotional manipulation, sexual assault, and threats to harm the victims’ families to exert control over the victims and compel them to engage in commercial sex acts.”
Five years ago when the law enforcement agencies were discussing who should be the top target in the region's sex and human trafficking focus, it was unanimously decided that <i>Pimpin’ Paul</i> Carter was the most dangerous to the Milwaukee and Wisconsin areas due to his incredibly barbaric nature and vast criminal enterprise of human trafficking.
"Without any hesitation, they all named <i>Pimpin' Paul</i>, Paul Carter," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Karine Moreno-Taxman.
"They said he was the most violent, he had been involved in pimping for over 10 years," she said. "He was known as being untouchable, that victims were afraid to testify against him."
The Federal government revealed much of the brutality at the hands of <i>Pimpin’ Paul</i> Carter, telling horror stories about his nature.
ICE explained the absolute viciousness of <i>Pimpin’ Paul</i> Carter, saying the following:
<blockquote>” Carter used a heated wire hanger to brand a “P” on a victim’s buttocks to demonstrate that he owned her. When he learned that another victim was considering leaving, he put the barrel of a gun in her mouth and threatened to ‘blow her head off.’”</blockquote>
<blockquote>”On another occasion, Carter, believing that a victim had hidden money from him, responded by searching her genitals. Then he forced her to have sex with him.”</blockquote>
<blockquote>”In another instance, the defendant required her to choose between two punishments: drowning or jumping out of a window. After the victim jumped out the window, Carter kicked her several times in the head, threw the victim to the ground, and stepped on her head hard enough to break her teeth.”</blockquote>
In the Federal case against <i>Pimpin' Paul</i>, all charges were prosecuted in unison by several agencies including two Assistant U.S. Attorneys, Karine Moreno-Taxman and Laura Kwaterski of the Eastern District of Wisconsin, and Trial Attorney Vasantha Rao of the Civil Rights Division’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit.
The Milwaukee mastermind of the child sex trafficking and human trafficking network was ordered to serve 21-years in a Federal prison, with credit for three-years after being found guilty on the charges of four counts of sex trafficking by force, fraud, or coercion, and one count of conspiracy to commit forced labor and sex trafficking.
Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore of the Justice, Department's Civil Rights Division and U.S. Attorney Gregory Haanstad of the Eastern District of Wisconsin both said this is a major victory for the region, for children across the country and for the Federal government who will endlessly hunt these types of criminal anywhere they may be trying to hide.
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