Two abusive men who advertised women for sex using Backpage.com were sentenced to several years in prison in U.S. District Court today.
Judges sentenced Terrence Williams, 25, of Bremerton, to nine years in prison with five years of supervised release, and Charles Deville Nash, 30, of Seattle, to 15 years in prison with three years of supervised release for human trafficking. Both used physical abuse to force young women to continue in the sex trade and took their earnings, according to the Western District of Washington’s U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The sentences were part of two separate investigations taken on by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI’s Innoncence Lost Task Force, which investigates federal crimes involving children.
Nash, according to the office, will also have to pay $240,000 to five women he trafficked in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Idaho and Utah between 2009 and 2011. The FBI collaborated with the Seattle Police Department to catch Nash.
Williams controlled or attempted to control three women through verbal and physical abuse between 2007 and 2011. Prosecutors estimated he will eventually pay at least $185,000 in restitution to his victims. The Bremerton Police Department and Lakewood Police Department worked with the FBI on the investigation of Williams.