Washington: A convicted child sex trafficker in Colorado will spend the rest of his life in prison, and then some, after receiving the longest sentence for a human trafficking case in U.S. history on Tuesday.
Brock Franklin, 31, was sentenced to 472 years in prison for operating a prostitution ring that preyed on young girls and women. Prosecutors said he used drugs and violence to control young girls and routinely forced them to have sex with him, and sold their services online.
“A 400-year sentence sends a strong message across the country that we’re not going to tolerate this kind of violence to women and vulnerable populations,” Janet Drake with the Colorado Attorney General’s office told the channel.
In addition, five of six of Franklin’s associates accused of taking part in the scheme, received sanctions of their own, ranging from deferred sentences to an 18-year prison term. In the sixth case, charges were dismissed, Denver-based Westword.com reported.
Brehannah Leary, one of Franklin’s alleged victims, said he “deserves every single minute in those walls.” Police say the crimes took place at various hotels across the greater Denver regional.