Admitted Pimps Acquitted of Sex Trafficking
After prostitutes testified they were treated well by father, son
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 19, 2013 1:51 PM CDT
Desiree Ellis, center, an admitted prostitute who worked for the defendants and testified on their behalf at the trial, is comforted by a supporter outside of a courthouse in New York on June 19.   (AP Photo/Tom Hays)

(Newser) – A father and son who acknowledged they were pimps were acquitted today of sex trafficking charges after several prostitutes testified they were treated well. A Manhattan judge found George Vincent Sr. and his son, George Vincent Jr., guilty of less-serious charges of promoting prostitution and money laundering. The two hadn't denied they were pimps but insisted they never abused their prostitutes, and several prostitutes testified on the Vincents' behalf.

The prostitutes said they were one big happy family, enjoying a suburban life as "wife-in-laws" in Allentown, Pennsylvania, while commuting to New York by night. The loving relationship between pimps and prostitutes "was vindicated," the son's attorney said outside court. "It's a moral victory as well as a legal one." But at trial, prosecutors had argued that the women were too traumatized to admit they'd been abused. They played hours of wiretapped conversations in which the men threatened to assault them if they didn't make enough money.

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StevieGee
Jun 20, 2013 9:09 PM CDT
That's what I always say. You got to treat your bitches good.
boxcar
Jun 20, 2013 4:28 AM CDT
NV has legalized state run brothels scattered amongst small towns all over the state (NOT in Las Vegas) Working girls there are in business for themselves, regularly tested by state doctors for any signs of disease. Back in the 1980s many were laid-off secretaries displaced by use of PC for memos. Most said they were just doing this line of work "until they could get back on their feet"........took me awhile to realize the joke- ha
Lefty_Libby
Jun 20, 2013 3:20 AM CDT
Any of you men commenting about female prostitutes here (and their place in the 'free market') -- you are equally free to provide BJs on your knees for money. You should all give it a go. That way you'll at least know what you're talking about.