Malik Hayman, 26, was given 25 years in jail for fees stemming from 2018.
The Harris County District Lawyer’s Workplace stated he had 10 victims.
One in every of his victims is Asia Phipps. She was in her early 20s and dwelling in Atlanta when she stated he contacted her on Instagram.
“I like being on Instagram, liking photos, you recognize, regular issues after which he [direct messaged] me proper after,” she recalled.
Phipps stated she was working as a dancer and was on the lookout for new locations to bounce. He offered her with a chance in Houston that she jumped on. Hayman even despatched her a bus ticket.
“He helped me with my bag, you recognize gents issues,” Phipps stated. “All the pieces was going good and he took me to get my nails accomplished, after which he was like, ‘Y’all are about to go outdoors,’ after which I used to be like, ‘Exterior?'”
She stated she and one other woman had been pressured to work as prostitutes on Bissonnet and Tidwell for 2 weeks and provides their earnings to Hayman. The promise of working as a dancer was by no means fulfilled. Phipps known as Hayman a ‘con artist’.
Whereas she was in Houston, she stated Hayman obtained on police’s radar and issues modified.
“It was a dwelling hell,” Phipps stated. “It was the worst. He obtained extra violent. He was treating me in a different way. He truly put his fingers on me.”
Issues obtained so unhealthy that Phipps feared Hayman would kill her, so she tried to take her personal life.
She stated he reduce off her potential to speak with household, however she devised a plan and contacted her mom. Inside about two weeks of arriving in Texas, Phipps escaped and took a bus again to Atlanta.
Phipps was later subsequently arrested.
“We did have the younger victims, 14 and up, being pressured via beatings to have interaction within the exercise,” stated Johna Stallings, the division chief of grownup intercourse crimes and trafficking with the Harris County District Lawyer’s Workplace. “When they don’t seem to be assembly their quota, when they don’t seem to be bringing in sufficient cash from the intercourse consumers, then, in flip, these younger ladies are being damage, being crushed and whipped. [It’s] not simply with Hayman, however with quite a lot of the intercourse traffickers in our metropolis.”
Stallings stated annually, on common, the Harris County District Lawyer’s Workplace prosecutes between 230 to 275 trafficking circumstances. She known as it a “vital drawback” in Harris County.
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