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Report: Man Sentenced To 472 Years In Prison For Child Prostitution Ring, Longest Sentence in U.S. History For Human Trafficking Case

Good riddance to bad rubbish.

During a sentencing hearing on Tuesday, Coloradoan Brock Franklin—a man convicted of running a child prostitution ring, which involved drugging and sexually exploiting young girls—was given his sentence by Arapahoe County Judge Peter F. Michaelson. 472 years behind bars.

That is one of the longest prison sentences in U.S. history.

According to 9News, the almost-half-a-century sentence is more than four times the minimum sentence required for a human trafficking case.

Franklin was initially indicted in 2015 by a grand jury, for allegedly using drugs and violence to control young girls. Four other people involved in the prostitution ring have already had the book thrown at them.
(David Fullenwiley Jones received an 18-year sentence after pleading guilty to human trafficking for sexual servitude. Isis Debreaux was given a four-year deferred sentence after she pleaded guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor, the Daily Mail says…)
Eight of the nine victims named in the case spoke to the jury during Franklin’s trial; prosecutors also read letters from his victims.

“Every morning I wake up I have to remind myself the defendant will no longer be able to hurt me,” one of the letters stated.

Wow.

“I began to doubt myself, thinking everything the defendant told me was true,” the victim penned. “I am a mother and a soon-to-be wife and I am not all the defendant said I was or to become.”

Franklin apparently used narcotics and violence to control his victims. He set daily “quotas” for them to meet and made them advertise themselves on backpage.com. He would use their earnings to support himself. One of the victims was tracked by GPS by Franklin and was forced to have sex with him against her will. 
When Franklin went on trial in March 2017, he was facing 34 charges, including pimping a child, patronizing a child prostitute, kidnapping and assault…and was found guilty on 30 counts including human trafficking, sexual exploitation of a child, child prostitution, kidnapping, pimping of a child and racketeering.

The minimum sentence would have been 96 years in prison (which his defense team requested) however, Janet Drake of the Attorney General’s Office, asked the judge for a 616 year sentence, on behalf of the people of the state of Colorado.

"This is not a minimum sentence type of case," she explained.
30 Year Old Brock Franklin sentenced to 472 Year in Prison for Children Sex Trafficking in the US! #BrockFranklin #sextrafficking
Franklin’s defense team argued a 616 year sentence would not be appropriate. His lawyers told the judge a 96 year to life sentence would be ample punishment, as the man would likely never live to see his parole eligibility, even with that sentence.

Although the judge handed Franklin close to 500 years in prison, he also had a message for the convicted trafficker.

“Franklin, make the most of your life,” Judge Michaelson stated. "Perhaps you can do some good for people who have done bad in their life.”

Enjoy those 472 years, mister.



“The strength you’ve shown to the court makes clear to me you can be as successful in life... as anyone. Don’t let this episode define who you are,” Judge Michaelson told the victims.

Sending good vibes to the victims and their loved ones.



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