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July 11, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Tacoma pimp sentenced to 23 years for sex trafficking

A 27-year-old Tacoma pimp who was convicted in November of seven sex-trafficking charges was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 23 years in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

A jury deliberated for about three hours on Nov. 30 before finding Alexander Walls guilty of conspiracy to transport a juvenile for prostitution; interstate transportation of a child for prostitution; witness tampering; conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion; and three counts of sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion, according to a news release issued by federal prosecutors on Thursday. The charges were in connection to Walls’ pimping activities of a 17-year-old girl and two young women.

Walls and co-defendant Reginald Irvin were arrested in May 2011 during a traffic stop in Lakewood, court records show. Irvin pleaded guilty to interstate transportation of an individual for prostitution and conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking in October and was later sentenced to 15 years in prison, according to the news release and court records.

Court records show prosecutors dismissed 10 other charges against Irvin as part of the plea agreement.

Authorities seized four vehicles from Walls and Irvin, who are both required to register as sex offenders after they are released from prison, court records show.

According to federal prosecutors, Walls “controlled as many as four women involved in sex trafficking,” including the then-17-year-old girl who came to Tacoma from Chicago after Walls convinced her to travel by here by bus to work for him as a prostitute.

“While directing the prostitution acts of the women, Walls enforced various ‘rules’ on the women about who they could talk to, how much money they had to make, when they could eat, and where they could work as prostitutes,” the news release says. “He assaulted them if they did not follow his rules, including strip searching them to look for money, and demanded they pay him as much as $1,500 before they could leave his control.”

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