Alex Campbell was an expert in his field, according to authorities.
His “field” was the underground world of human trafficking, known familiarly as pimping and prostitution, and Campbell, according to investigators with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, was a master pimp.
“On a scale of one to 10, he’d be a 12,” said DHS investigator Gary Hartwig. “I’ve been in law enforcement for 24 years, and he is actually the worst case of human trafficking we’ve identified in Chicago. Probably nationally.”
Prosecutors call Campbell a “predator” and say he targeted foreign-born women with questionable legal status. They say he’d use their precarious status, coupled with heavy doses of violence and intimidation, to control the women and force them into “a form of modern-day slavery.”
Last November a federal judge sentenced Campbell to life in prison. It’s believed to be the first time a “pimp” has been sentenced to life in prison for human trafficking in federal court in Chicago.
The federal case against Campbell was bolstered by four women who came forward to testify against him in court. In an effort to protect her identity, NBC5 Investigates will identify one woman only as “Sarah.”
In a sit-down interview late last month, Sarah said she was completely controlled by Campbell to the point where she felt she might lose her life if she dared to disobey him.
“He told me many times that he would kill me,” she recalled.
The World of Human Trafficking: One Woman’s StoryIn Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on March 2, 2013 at 12:26 pm