TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - A man has pleaded guilty to sex trafficking two women and a juvenile girl, according to Arizona prosecutors.
A news release from Attorney General Mark Brnovich says 27-year-old Louis Broadway-Phillips is facing 10 years in prison, lifetime probation, and sex offender terms when he’s sentenced.
Officials say Broadway-Phillips advertised on the internet, transported the women to hotel rooms, and forced them to perform prostitution acts in exchange for money during the time period of September 2017 to April of 2018.
While on release pending trial for sex trafficking and illegal enterprise crimes, Broadway-Phillips was accused of threatening the three victims and attempting to convince them not to testify against him.
“Justice demands that we hold traffickers accountable for their actions,” said Attorney General Mark Brnovich. “Perpetrators use coercion and fear to re-victimize their vulnerable trafficking victims over and over.”
Prosecutors said Broadway-Phillips also used his friends and social media to harass and intimidate the women and girl.
Homeland Security Investigations worked with the Mesa Police Department to investigate the case.
Broadway-Phillips pleaded guilty to illegal control of an enterprise, attempt to commit sex trafficking of a minor, sex trafficking, tampering with a witness, and influencing a witness.