A man who spent decades sex trafficking women and tormenting his victims —including putting a cigarette out on one’s face, beating victims with a belt leaving imprints and forcing a woman to return to prostitution moments after she was raped — will head to prison.
Calvin Freeman Jr. was sentenced to 45 years behind bars for his crimes. The sentence was announced by federal prosecutors in Wisconsin earlier this month.
Freeman was convicted for 14 federal crimes, including sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion.
A judge detailed the decades of violence Freeman inflicted on his victims as she handed down the sentence, according to prosecutors.
She talked about how Freeman slammed one of his victims in a bathtub, put a cigarette out on a victim’s face and beat a victim with an iron. In one case, he forced a woman to continue to work as a prostitute immediately after she had been violently raped and robbed.
Freeman beat the women with a belt so hard that it left an imprint of the designer’s logo on their bodies, according to prosecutors.
Prosecutors also said Freeman used the violence to force the women to engage in prostitution.
Freeman tried to argue that his conduct was the result of his upbringing and that his victims voluntarily ended the lifestyle and knew what they were signing up for, according to prosecutors. But the judge rejected those claims and called his actions “the most heinous” example of sex trafficking she had seen.