SC man gets 20 years for human trafficking

Jermaine Williams is not eligible for parole until he fulfills 15 years of his 20 year sentence. (Jefferson County Jail)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A South Carolina man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to human trafficking charges.

Authorities say 34-year-old Jermaine Omar Williams of Greenville pleaded guilty to two human trafficking charges last week after authorities say he brought teen girls to Birmingham and forced them into sexual servitude.

Williams was also charged with two counts of first-degree promoting prostitution, which were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

Hoover Police Capt. Gregg Rector say Williams brought girls, ages 15 and 17, from South Carolina, and forced them to negotiate themselves for sex through online ads on Backpage.com. The ads advertised the girls as ‘Barbie Dolls’.

In July 2013, Williams was arrested in Hoover as part of the FBI’s nationwide crackdown on child sex trafficking. Capt. Rector says Hoover police detectives, Vestavia Hills police, Birmingham police and the FBI carried out an undercover prostitution sting at a Days Inn where Williams arrived with the teen victims he had brought from South Carolina.

Authorities say Williams is not eligible for parole until he fulfills 15 years of his 20 year sentence.

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