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CASE NAME:United States v. Harrison Norris, Jr.
ALL PLAINTIFFS:United States
ALL DEFENDANTS:Aimee Allen, Cedric Jackson, Harrison Norris  Jr., Leslie A. Smith, Michelle Achuff
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DOCKET NUMBER:No. 05-16662; 1:05-cr-00479-TCB -AJB
SOURCE:Bloomberg, DOJ/US Attorney Website or Press Release, News Article
TYPE OF CASE:Criminal
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TYPE OF TRIAL:Jury
TRIAL JUDGE(S):Timothy C. Batten Sr.
YEAR OF ARREST:2005
YEAR OF VERDICT:2007
TYPE OF COURT:Federal Court
STATE:Georgia
FEDERAL DISTRICT:Northern District Court
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AGE OF VICTIM(S):
NUMBER OF VICTIMS:8 +
GENDER OF VICTIM(S):Female
VICTIM'S COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:Unknown
METHOD OF ENTRY INTO THE U.S.:Unknown
WAS VICTIM CHARGED WITH A CRIME:No
NUMBER OF DEFENDANT(S):5
GENDER OF DEFENDANT(S):Female and Male
TYPE OF INDUSTRY:Labor and Sex
CASE CATEGORIZATION:Commercial Sexual Exploitation/Prostitution, Domestic Servant
FIRST CHARGE:Conspiracy to commit peonage
FIRST CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1581/18 U.S.C. § 371
FIRST CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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SECOND CHARGE:Commercial sex trafficking
SECOND CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1591
SECOND CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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THIRD CHARGE:Forced Labor
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THIRD CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
THIRD CHARGE SENTENCE:18 U.S.C. § 1589
FOURTH CHARGE:Trafficking with respect to forced labor
FOURTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. §1590
FOURTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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FIFTH CHARGE:Tampering with a witness
FIFTH CHARGE US/STATE CODE CITATION:18 U.S.C. § 1512
FIFTH CHARGE VERDICT/PLEA:Guilty Verdict
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LENGTH OF GREATEST SENTENCE:Life in prison
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FINE IMPOSED:$2,400
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APPEAL STILL PENDING?:No
SUMMARY:Defendant Harrison Norris, Jr. ran a sex trafficking ring in Georgia and North Carolina. He recruited victims by promising to train them as professional wrestlers. Defendant forced the victims to engage in commercial sex acts through threats and physical abuse. Defendant imposed a military-style system of discipline over his victims by assigning them to a “squad” and piercing their skin to designate their "rank," which was overseen by the other Defendants. Norris forced the victims to perform manual labor. Norris charged the victims for cigarettes, medicine, and food to keep the women in debt. Norris was convicted of charges including sex trafficking and forced labor and was sentenced to life in prison.
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