Two men were sentenced on sex trafficking charges in U.S. District Court in Oxford, federal officials announced Tuesday.
Ricky Robertson, also known as “Slick Rick,” and Ladarius Jackson, also known as “Dee Don,” were sentenced on sex trafficking charges before Chief District Judge Sharion Aycock.
Robertson previously entered a guilty plea for sex trafficking conspiracy and was sentenced to 188 months imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Mississippi.
Jackson previously entered a guilty plea to traveling in interstate commerce to engage in prostitution and was sentenced to serve 33 months imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release.
Both Robertson and Jackson admitted to transporting prostitutes from Memphis to Oxford in order to engage in commercial sex acts, a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office says. Robertson admitted to trafficking the prostitutes through fraud and coercion by controlling the money they earned from commercial sex.
“Human trafficking is not a victimless crime,” U.S. Attorney William C. Lamar said. “Women, many of whom are very young, are often coerced into prostitution by predators, taken advantage of, and are frequently victims of violence. Along with federal, state and local law enforcement, we will continue to address this problem in our District and prosecute those responsible.”
Human trafficking “steals the innocence from our children and young women, and the individuals who prey upon the vulnerable need to be removed from our society,” said Christopher Freeze, special agent in charge of the FBI in Mississippi. “Human trafficking victims often feel pressured with the threat of violence toward them or their families, giving them the false reality that prostitution is their only means of making a living. We ask the public to be vigilant to the signs of human trafficking and notify law enforcement when they see what they believe is the unconscionable act of buying and selling human beings.”
This matter was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Clay Dabbs of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Mississippi, and investigated by the FBI, the Oxford Police Department and the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department.