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Texas Man Pleads Guilty To Sex Trafficking 3 Women In Multiple States Including Louisiana

Jun 15, 2019 02:10PM ● By Press Release

A southwest Houston man pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiring to sex traffic three adult women by means of force and violence in Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina. 

Marquis Holmes, 28, from Katy, Texas, pleaded guilty June 13, 2019 to one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking by means of force, fraud and coercion; two counts of transportation to engage in prostitution; and two counts of enticing and coercing another to travel in interstate commerce for prostitution.

From June 2015 until his arrest in March 2018, Holmes scoured social media websites to recruit women, often under false pretenses, to work as prostitutes for him. Under threat of violence and actual violence, Holmes prostituted two of these women in Houston and Austin, Texas; New Orleans, Louisiana; Memphis, Tennessee; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Mississippi; Alabama; South Carolina, and other locations across the country. Holmes coerced the women to pose for pictures used in online ads for sex and to engage in commercial sex acts for money. Holmes collected all the money the women earned.

On March 30, 2018, authorities arrested Holmes, at which time a third victim was rescued along with her infant child. After repeatedly physically assaulting the woman, Holmes forced her to solicit commercial sex dates along the 1.3-mile stretch of Bissonnet St., commonly referred to as "The Track." If she did not meet the monetary quota Holmes had set, he beat her and deprived her of food.

Holmes has been and will remain in custody pending his sentencing, which is set for Sept. 19. At that time, he faces up to life in prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Sebastian Edwards and Carrie Wirsing, Southern District of Texas, prosecuted this case.   

Established in 2004, HTRA combines resources from federal, state and local enforcement agencies and prosecutors, as well as non-governmental service organizations, to target human traffickers while providing necessary services to trafficking victims. Since its inception, HTRA has been recognized as both a national and international model in identifying and assisting victims of human trafficking, and prosecuting those engaged in trafficking offenses.

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