March 28 2017
Burlington Man Used Drugs and Violence to Force Women Into Prostitution
By: Rich Hosford
A Burlington man pleaded guilty on Monday in U.S. District Court in Boston to trafficking three women for sex and threatening them with violence.
Barry Davis, 38, of Burlington, pleaded guilty to three counts of sex trafficking by force, fraud, and coercion and three counts of interstate transportation with intent to engage in prostitution, a release from from Acting U.S. Attorney William D. Weinreb’s office states.
According to authorities, in April 2015, Davis met a young woman at a driving instructing class and enticed her to leave with him by promising to take care of her and provide a steady supply of heroin. Davis drove her to New Jersey, rented a hotel room, posted an advertisement for sex with her online, and took the money she made having sex with men who responded to the ad.
The release states that Davis used drugs and violence to keep the woman under his control. He is said to have used heroin to coerce the woman, and punched her in the head and threatened her with further harm if she did not follow his rules and prostitute for him.
Later that same year Davis engaged in similar behavior with more victims.
In August 2015, Davis perpetrated a similar scheme after he picked up two young women from a heroin detox center and drove them to Connecticut, the release states. There, he rented a hotel room, posted online advertisements for sex with the women, and took the money they made having sex with men who responded to the ads.
As with the first victim, Davis used heroin to coerce the women to prostitute for him. He also hit one of the women for breaking one of his prostitution rules and threatened to beat the other woman if she did not make enough money prostituting for him.
According to ctpost.com Davis was arrested in August of 2015 after a woman from Lawrence texted her boyfriend that she was being held against her will in a hotel room in Milford, Connecticut. She said she was being treated like a “sex slave.”
Lawrence Police contacted authorities in Milford who were able to ping the woman’s phone to the area of a Motel 6 where the woman and two others were rescued and Davis was arrested.
Authorities denounced Davis for his crimes and said they hope his victims can find some solace in his capture and imprisonment.
“Sex trafficking is a deplorable crime which steals the dignity of young, vulnerable victims,” Acting U.S. Attorney Weinreb said. “Individuals who seek to profit from the trafficking and abuse of others, and to enforce their will with violence, have no place walking the streets and preying on victims.”
“Barry Davis’ victims can never regain what was taken from them when they were forced into a life of sexual slavery,” said Special Agent in Charge Matthew Etre of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Boston. “But they can perhaps take some small comfort in knowing Davis is facing a significant sentence for his crimes. HSI has a long history of victim-centric support and will continue to provide victim assistance to these women. Further, HSI is proud of the work we’ve jointly accomplished in this matter with our law enforcement partners across New England.”
Boston’s top cop also commended the work of law enforcement in bringing
“I want to commend the work of the Boston Police Human Trafficking Unit and all the law enforcement agencies involved with this case,” said Boston Police Commissioner William Evans. “Together we are committed to ending the sexual exploitation of vulnerable young women who are victimized by predators like this defendant. Prostitution is not a victimless crime. We will continue to target those who engage in this type of criminal behavior.”
According to the release, each charge of sex trafficking by force, fraud, and coercion provides for a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years and up to a lifetime in prison, five years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000. Each charge of interstate transportation of an individual with the intent to engage in prostitution provides for a sentence of no greater than 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000. If the Court accepts the plea agreement, Davis will be sentenced to between 15 and 20 years in prison.
U.S. District Court Chief Judge Patti B. Saris scheduled sentencing for August 8, 2017.