Brock Franklin, 31, was sentenced for his hand in brutalizing women and girls. His punishment is being described as the longest in U.S. history for a human trafficking case. Reports estimate 4M victims of human trafficking are forced into sexual exploitation.
Franklin’s victims were drugged (specifically with ecstasy, aka Molly), pistol-whipped, tracked by the GPS on their cellphones, stalked, choked, and more. The women and girls, some recruited on Facebook, were sold online via sites like Backpage.com and required to meet daily quotas, money that he would take for himself. One of his victims told authorities he repeatedly punched her in the face, causing serious bodily harm to her right eye and her ears. Another said Franklin required her to perform oral sex acts on him in front of other gang members. A third victim, an adult whose name was not included in the indictment, says Franklin tracked her GPS on her cellphone to monitor her whereabouts and habitually choked, pistol-whipped and forced her to have sex against her will.
Jones was found guilty in a Colorado state court earlier this year on 30 counts including human trafficking of a minor, human trafficking of an adult and soliciting of child prostitution. He was prosecuted under the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act (COCCA) in the18th Judicial Court. He received a 472-year sentence. A jury convicted him of the following offenses:
Human Trafficking Minor (x2)
Pimping a Child (x2)
Patronizing a Prostituted Child (x2)
Soliciting for Child Prostitution (x3)
Inducement of Child Prostitution (x2)
Pandering of a Child (x2)
Procurement of a Child (x2)
Sexual Exploitation of a Child — Producing a Performance
Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor
Second Degree Kidnapping
Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor — Prostitution
Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor — Unlawful Use of Controlled Sub.
Distribution of a Sch. 1 or 2 Cont. Sub. To a Minor
Human Trafficking Adult
Attempt to Commit Pimping
Co-conspirator David Fullenwiley Jones, a male accomplice received an 18-year sentence after pleading guilty to human trafficking for sexual servitude. A foolish female, Isis Debreaux, got in on the sick action and was handed a four-year deferred sentence after she pled guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Franklin’s gang of seven also included Brandon Garrison, who plead guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor and keeping a place of prostitution in exchange for six years in community corrections; Ralph Jones (all charges against him were dismissed); and Michelle Payne, who plead guilty to keeping a place of prostitution and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Received 10 years in community corrections.
“A 400-year sentence sends a strong message across the country that we’re not going to tolerate this kind of violence,” Janet Drake, a spokeswoman with the Colorado Attorney General’s Office, told FOX 31 after the sentencing on Tuesday.