Henderson County Man Sentenced To Ten Years In Prison For Human Trafficking

A Henderson County man was sentenced in federal court Monday to ten years in prison after pleading guilty to human trafficking for recruiting two minors to engage in commercial sex acts, according to U.S. Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

According to the plea agreement, beginning in March 2014, Jathar Williams, who authorities say was 31 years old, made contact with a female who was then 15 years old through a social networking website, Tagged. Williams arranged to meet the 15 year old female and her 17 year old female friend and reportedly picked up the two girls in Evansville and drove them to his residence in Henderson. It’s reported he then told the minor females he could help them make between $700 and $800 a day performing commercial sex acts.

The release says Williams admitted that between March 16, 2014 and March 21, 2014, he drove the two minor females to the Sugar Creek Inn in Henderson where he arranged for men to come to the hotel to engage in sex acts with the two minor females in exchange for money.

Williams reportedly admitted that he knowingly recruited, enticed, harbored, transported, provided, obtained and maintained by any means the two minor females who had not attained the age of 18 years and caused the minors to engage in commercial sex acts.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Amanda Gregory before U.S. District Court Chief Judge Joseph H. McKinley Jr. who handed down the ten year sentence. The case was investigated by the FBI and Henderson Police Department.

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