Three Broward pimps sentenced in sex trafficking cases
Three Broward pimps each were sentenced Friday to at least 8 1/2 years in federal prison for their roles in a loose-knit group that prostituted women and at least three underage girls at local hotels.
Michael "Fatboy" Defrand, Johnny "J1" Saintil and Stanley "Bird" Wilson called themselves "PTP" or "Please Talk Paper," soliciting johns through Internet advertisements from September 2009 to March, according to federal authorities. The group's name came from an entertainment company formed by one of the men.
One of the girls, a 17-year-old runaway from a Tampa group home, said she would see as many six clients in a night, charging $200 for an hour, according to court documents.
Each of the men pleaded guilty in August to a single count of conspiring to sex traffic minors and sex trafficking by force. Defrand also admitted to sex trafficking a minor.
When each of the men went before U.S. District Judge William Zloch, Defrand, 26, got the harshest sentence —15 years and 8 months behind bars. Saintil, 28, was sentenced to 10 years and one month in prison, while Wilson, 26, received an 8 1/2-year term.
Defrand's attorney, John Weekes, said the group of pimps and prostitutes wasn't so much an organized ring, but more of "a strange family" that would move together from hotel to hotel. Each of the prostitutes reported to one of the pimps.
The runaway said Defrand hit her twice — on one occasion because she was "acting childish," according to federal court records.
When Zloch asked Defrand why he would threaten the prostitutes, Defrand answered he just wanted "to scare them up." He described himself as "basically a driver."
Wilson inspired such a level of devotion from the women working for him that three got tattoos with his nickname "Bird" while he was in the Broward County Jail. During that time in jail, he ordered the assault of one of the women, according to prosecutors.
Howard Greitzer, Wilson's attorney, said that when his client learned after his arrest that he could face up to life in prison on a sex trafficking charge, his head hit the table and he responded, "I'm just a pimp. I never did minors."
Saintil told Zloch he never lured any women into prostitution and the women he was involved with were already working. He blamed one of the older prostitutes for recruiting him to be a pimp.
"When I met these girls, I didn't know anything about [prostitution]," Saintil said.
A 16-year-old girl who worked for Saintil said he punched her in the face and back when he heard she wanted to leave him, according to court records. She eventually was able to flee.