Case Analysis: HERSHEL JAMES RATLIFF (71 YRS OLD) SENTENCED TO 30 YEARS FOR TRAFFICKING MINORS
Not all pimps look like what you see in the movies.
This case is an important reminder that all pimps do not look like a 20 something gang guy. And all grooming and seduction does not look the same.
Ratliff was convicted of six counts of human trafficking and one count of distribution of a controlled substance to a minor. For a period of over seven years, Ratliff owned a restaurant and rental properties where he would provide conduct parties and provide minors with marijuana and Xanax in exchange for sexual favors.
Evidence indicated that he then would obtain sex acts for his friends and from adult women using force and coercion. As the case was being investigated, many minors came forward with evidence that the commercial sexual exploitation of minors had been taking place by Ratliff over a period of nearly seven years.
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