A convicted child sex trafficker in Colorado was sentenced to 472 years in prison on Tuesday, the longest sentence ever for a human trafficking case in United States history.
Brock Franklin, 31, was found guilty on human trafficking, sexual exploitation of a child, child prostitution, and kidnapping charges in March, FOX 31 Denver reports, for operating a sex trafficking ring that preyed upon women and children.
"A 400-year sentence sends a strong message across the country that we're not going to tolerate this kind of violence to women and vulnerable populations," Janet Drake of the Colorado Attorney General's office told FOX 31.
Prosecutors said Franklin used drugs and violence to control his victims. He sold their services online. The actual act often took place at hotels in the Denver metropolitan area. Franklin also forced his victims to have sex with him.
“I can’t begin to even explain what he did to my life,” Brehannah Leary, one of Franklin's nine victims, said in court on Tuesday. “Reading it today, and speaking and actually saying how I felt, and him having hearing and have to sit there and listen and listen to me, that brought me so much joy and that’s why I came today.”
She also detailed some of the horror she endured and some of the tactics used to keep the victims under control, according to CBS Denver. “Every day the beatings, the name callings, the shavings of one’s head.”
According to Westword, victims were also pistol-whipped and punched.
Six others have been arrested for their role in this trafficking ring.
[Photo: Arapahoe County Court]