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)
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(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.