A New England man who forced at least one of his victims into prostitution in Atlantic City, pleaded guilty on Tuesday, August 9, 2022, to sex trafficking crimes across seven states.
Ronald Hall, 48, of Woonsocket, Rhode Island, pleaded guilty to four counts of sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion and one count of transportation of an individual with the intent to engage in prostitution.
U.S. District Court Judge Indira Talwani scheduled sentencing for Nov. 3, 2022.
“The trauma inflicted upon victims of sex trafficking is beyond measure. For nearly a decade, Mr. Hall used violence and threats to target and exploit five separate victims across seven different states,” said United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins. “This man targeted vulnerable women with substance use disorders and essentially enslaved them. The behavior he engaged in was unconscionable.”
“Although nothing will ever erase the profound, long-lasting hurt and pain these women have suffered at the hands of Mr. Hall, today’s conviction hopefully brings some long-awaited justice and accountability,” said Rollins.
“Hall used fear and intimidation to control the women he trafficked, using drugs to coerce them and make it difficult to leave.,” said Matthew Millhollin, Special Agent in Charge for the Homeland Security Investigations in New England. “With this plea HSI New England hopes the survivors of his abuse feel a measure of security knowing that he is no longer at large and is facing considerable time in prison as they begin their journey to heal and recover.”
From at least late 2010 through late 2019, Hall used force, threats and coercion to traffic five victims between Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Florida, and Nevada, to engage in prostitution.
Hall targeted and recruited several of the victims, who suffered from substance use disorder, and used their drug addictions to coerce them into engaging in commercial sex in exchange for drugs.
Hall regularly scheduled the victims to engage in prostitution – sometimes as frequent as multiple times per day, every day of the week – and took almost all of the proceeds for himself.
Hall punished victims who did not meet the quotas he set for them by withholding drugs or through violence.
To maintain control, Hall subjected his victims to starvation, regular threats of injury, physical abuse, forced intercourse, violent assaults with weapons including knives, belts and bats and made some of the victims brand themselves with a tattoo of his nickname.
The charge of sex trafficking provides for a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years and up to a lifetime in prison, five years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000.
The charge of transportation for purposes of prostitution provides for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000.
Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and statutes which govern the determination of a sentence in a criminal case.