A Florida pimp was sentenced this week to 15 years in prison, thanks to his 7-year-old-son, after the child blurted out “those are my daddy’s hoes” when police asked the boy about women in his father’s car.
Robert Burton, 34, was found guilty of domestic battery by strangulation, deriving support from prostitution, kidnapping and interfering with parental custody, according to New Times Broward-Palm Beach. He was sentenced Tuesday.
Florida State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle said many of the victims were runaways.
“It’s very much like domestic violence. It’s control. It’s terror. It’s beating,” she said, according to the Miami Herald. “It’s affection — with torture.”
Rundle pointed out that Burton’s conviction was the first for the Human Trafficking Unit of the Miami-Dade Prosecutor’s Office.
The New Times Broward-Palm Beach reported that police received a call in June 2011 about a man beating and choking a woman whom he forced into prostitution.
Police were led to Burton, and cops pulled him over. The 34-year-old Florida man had three women and his son riding with him, according to the paper. One of the women was also the child’s mother.
When authorities asked the boy who the other two women in the car were, he said, “those are my daddy’s hoes,” the alternative weekly and the Herald both reported.
Law enforcement claimed Burton forced several women into prostitution. The women operated out of a Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Seminole and Miami Beach’s posh Delano Hotel.
The pimp fathered three children with some of the women he forced into prostitution. Authorities were able to determine that Burton forced six women into the world’s oldest profession.
Burton had previously been facing similar charges in Nevada, but he was never convicted there, the Herald reported.
Howard Koplowitz reports on crime and breaking news events for International Business Times. Howard formerly worked on IBT's continuous news desk, where he covered trending...
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