A Mesa man, Louis Broadway-Phillips, pleaded guilty in early January to sex trafficking three women, including one minor.
The 27-year-old Broadway-Phillips was sentenced in Maricopa County Superior Court to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to Illegal Control of an Enterprise, Attempt to Commit Sex Trafficking of a Minor, Sex Trafficking, Tampering with a Witness, and Influencing a Witness.
His prison term is followed by lifetime probation and sex offender terms.
According to the Attorney General’s Office, Broadway-Phillips advertised on the internet, transported the women to hotel rooms, and forced them to perform prostitution acts in exchange for money during the time period of September 2017 to April of 2018.
In April 2019, Broadway-Phillips was indicted by a State Grand Jury with Sex Trafficking and Illegal Enterprise crimes (CR 2019-001998). While on release and pending trial for those crimes, Broadway-Phillips threatened and attempted to convince all three women not to testify against him by contacting them himself, as well as using his friends and social media to harass and intimidate the women.
In October 2019, Broadway-Phillips was charged for Influencing and Tampering with Witnesses.