“He recruited girls and women who were down on their luck,” said
Special Agent Jaime Corman, who investigated this case out of the FBI’s
Memphis Field Office. “He told his victims he would take care of them,
but he violently kept them in check and controlled every aspect of their
Instead of trafficking the young women online, as many
pimps do today, he had them walking an area of Memphis known for
prostitution. A Memphis police officer found her there and notified the
FBI, who was able to assist her and help find and stop her trafficker.
agents investigated the case, specialists from the FBI’s Victim
Services Division helped the girl find resources to rebuild her life.
Since then, she has found an apartment and a job, and she overcame her
fear of Hawkins to testify against him at his trial.
target the most vulnerable—runaways, foster kids, kids who come from
difficult circumstances,” Corman said. “They commit crimes against these
girls, making them sell their bodies. We want to show these young women
that there’s something else out there for them, and they don’t have to
continue down this path.”
Last July, Hawkins was convicted of five sex trafficking charges, and in November, he was sentenced to 30 years in prison.