Human Traffic Watch

Broward man gets 5 life terms for pimping underage girls

In Child Sex Trafficking, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on January 17, 2013 at 10:04 am

Van Lawson Williams preyed on runaway girls 30 years his junior, luring them into prostituting for him by making them think he loved them, a federal judge said Tuesday before sentencing him to five life terms in prison.

A jury convicted Williams, 49, of Fort Lauderdale, of sex trafficking of minors and attempted sex trafficking of a minor after an October trial.

The girls were between ages 12 and 16 when Williams pimped them in his Fort Lauderale home in the 2000 block of Northwest 30th Avenue.

He told some of the girls they were his “ride or die” — convincing some of them they were like a family, federal prosecutors said.

Williams had sex with several of the girls and gave some of them marijuana and crack cocaine, authorities said.

“He created a relationship with these young women, starting out with the notion that the relationship was real and affectionate and that it would be long-lasting,” Senior U.S District Judge Daniel T.K. Hurley said.

Williams soon told the girls to help pay the bills by prostituting and giving him some or all of the money, prosecutors said.

Source: Sun-Sentinel

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