Human Traffic Watch

Sex trafficking victims gather in Tampa for pimp’s sentencing

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Sex Trafficking on March 27, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Weylin O. Rodriguez is a pimp. A jury said so.

A “manipulative, violent pimp,” prosecutor Stacie B. Harris wrote in a court memo.

At 5-foot-7 and 150 pounds, Rodriguez is not a big man, but he needed only to manipulate teen girls. He coerced them into selling sex. He did so, witnesses testified, through affection, intimidation and beatings.

On Friday, four young victims sat in the front row of a federal courtroom in Tampa, waiting to learn the fate of the man they called “Rico.” One was still in high school. Whatever the afternoon brought, she would still have a tattoo of dollar signs on her rear, the branding of a pimp.

Source: Tampa Bay  Times

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