Hip hop artist pleads guilty to sex trafficking charge
POSTED: Monday, August 12, 2013 - 5:19am
UPDATED: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 - 9:19am
EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — A man accused of luring girls into the sex trafficking trade through a hip hop music label pleaded guilty to charges Thursday, according to federal documents released.
Alarcon "Tha Don" Wiggins pleaded guilty to two charges, including conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of children by force, fraud, or coercion.
In 2011, federal authorities said five women escaped a home on Los Moros Dr. in the Upper Valley, where they were being kept as sex slaves. At least one of the victims was underage.
Wiggins, the alleged ringleader, and 9 others, were arrested in the ring that stretched across the country. All have pleaded guilty to charges related to the case.
At the time of his arrest, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents said Wiggins used his record label 424 Records to lure girls with the promise of a music career in Baltimore.
Before they knew it, they would end up in El Paso, beaten and robbed of their cell phones so they couldn't call for help, said prosecutors.
Then the group would force the girls into dancing at local strip clubs and prostitution, according to Federal Bureau of Investigation news release from 2011.
His sentencing is set for Oct. 23.