Denver man sentenced to 24 years in prison for human trafficking

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DENVER — A man has been sentenced to 24 years in prison after arranging meetings, booking hotel rooms and orchestrating prostitution activities for women he coerced into working for him in the metro area over a four-year period, the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office said Thursday.

Phillip Hines, 46, was found guilty of human trafficking, pimping and pandering charges on Oct. 14 by an Arapahoe County jury.

Hines, who went by “Philly” during the transactions, benefited directly from the money his victims made from January 2011 to January 2015 in Denver, Lakewood and Glendale. The victims did not keep any of the funds.

The district attorney’s office said Hines would maintain control of the women by beating them and the use of drugs.

At one point while in a halfway house, Hines traded his victims to a pimp in Fort Collins so they could continue to support him while he was in custody, the district attorney’s office said.

Hines was sentenced to 24 years on the trafficking charge, 19 years on the pimping charge and six months on the pandering charge. The terms will be served concurrently.

“During the trial, the judge and jury were exposed to both the best and worst of our society,” said senior deputy district attorney Cara Morlan, the lead prosecutor on the case.

“They heard graphic accounts of the devastation Mr. Hines inflicted on the women who worked for him, and they also got to witness the victim’s incredible strength in not only surviving, but being willing to come in and testify to the mistreatment she endured in hopes of preventing this defendant from inflicting this damage on any other person.

“This sentence should serve as a warning to anyone who coerces an adult or a child into a life of prostitution — you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

 

 

 

 

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