The Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas announced on Thursday that a man who last year pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit sex trafficking through force, fraud and coercion was sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Anthony Johnson, 45, was involved in sex trafficking for about 20 years and pleaded guilty in May to his involvement in the operation, prosecutors said. The judge who sentenced Johnson also ordered a supervised release for life following his sentencing.
Johnson, also known as “Mack Buck”, admitted to coercing several women into commercial sex acts and collecting money from them, prosecutors said.
According to prosecutors, he set quotas for his victims of sex trafficking and “severely beat them with an extension cord” if they did not meet the requirements or if they “showed him disrespectful.”
“He also required women to steal from commercial sex clients, instructing them to rummage through clients’ pockets for cash or jewelry and to check their cars for valuables,” the U.S. Attorney’s office said in a press release.
One of the victims told authorities that Demetris Deckard, who prosecutors called Johnson’s “second-in-command,” took her to Harry Hines Boulevard in northwest Dallas to teach her how to solicit intercourse. According to prosecutors, the victim was forced to travel around the country to have sex and was “regularly beaten when she tried to leave the organization.”
Last year, Deckard pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit sex trafficking and her sentence was set for April, according to a press release. The second co-defendant, Ashley Naes, admitted to conspiring with Johnson to contact the victim to prevent her from cooperating with law enforcement, prosecutors said.
The press release said prosecutors had prepared evidence that Johnson obtained a smuggled cell phone while he was awaiting trial and continued to operate a sex trafficking ring.
Johnson admitted to running his human trafficking operation from 2014 to 2019, when he was serving time after being convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Anyone who believes they or someone they know is a victim of human trafficking should contact local law enforcement or call 1-888-373-7888 to contact National Hotline for Human Trafficking.