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A pimp who forced young women into a traumatic life of street walking was sentenced to life in prison on Monday. Alex “Cowboy” Campbell is reported to have branded the women he forced into the night life and that may have been the most memorable piece of information from his trial.
The judge overseeing the case, U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman, made a note of how horrific it was that Campbell branded the women with tattoos, saying,
“I think the worst thing you did to these girls, frankly, is branding them the way you did. They can’t get rid of those tattoos. … They have a life sentence, all of them. Every time they look in the mirror. … And it’s gonna hurt. Their life sentences compel a life sentence for you.”
The tattoos on the women ranged from horseshoes on their necks to a 13-line, 60-word homage to Campbell down one woman’s back.
During the trial, Campbell maintained that the women who accused him of forcing them into the “night life” were all liars and they were part of a racially motivated conspiracy to target him because he was a Black man.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Campbell, who had a spa that he ran in the Chicago area, was convicted by a federal jury for multiple charges, including forced labor, harboring illegal immigrants and s*x trafficking.
According to prosecutors, Campbell lured women into street walking with promises of jobs in massage parlors and safe homes because they were illegal immigrants. Once the women started working for the pimp, he would take away their immigration papers and force them to “work” without being paid.