Wilson man ordered to pay $477,000 to human trafficking victim

December 19, 2018

A Wilson man has been ordered to pay more than $400,000 in restitution to a human trafficking victim, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina said Wednesday.

William Maurice Saddler, 36, must pay $477,618 to a 15-year-old whom he prostituted at migrant camps near Wilson.

Saddler coerced the victim and forced her into prostitution, kept money from the prostitution and led the victim to be addicted to crack cocaine, the attorney said.

Saddler also introduced the victim to two pimps, Bobby Ray Williams Jr. and Kenneth Corvon Ward, who were previously convicted in related cases.

A jury convicted Saddler of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a minor and of sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion of a minor.

Saddler was sentenced to 40 years in prison, followed by supervised release for the rest of his life.

The restitution is the largest amount ordered in the district under the trafficking restitution statute.

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