WOONSOCKET, RI – A Woonsocket, R.I. man was charged in Boston Federal Court in connection with trafficking five women to engage in prostitution across six states.
Ronald Hall, 48, also known as “Ritz” was indicted on Oct. 28 on five counts of sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion and one count of transportation of an individual with intent to engage in prostitution.
According to the indictment, from January 2012 to December 2019, Hall trafficked five women between Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Las Vegas, Nev., with the intent that each would engage in prostitution, and used force and threats of force to coerce them to do so.
Hall also transported these women between Massachusetts and Rhode Island and Connecticut with the intent they engage in prostitution, according to United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling of Massachusetts.
Federal authorities have been investigating Hall in connection with sex trafficking since the beginning of the year, according to court documents. In January, police arrested a woman for driving a car that was reported stolen by Hall. When police interviewed her, she told them Hall was her pimp, and he had assaulted and raped her at a hotel in Warwick R.I., supplied her with cocaine laced with fentanyl, and beat her with an ice-scraper. She told police she stole his car to get away from him.
One of the women police interviewed said several women lived with Hall at his Woonsocket Rhode Island home and worked for him as prostitutes at a massage parlor in Rhode Island, and then worked at other locations including hotels, casinos throughout the northeast, according to criminal complaint.
Hall faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years for the charge of sex trafficking and could end up serving life in prison. The charge of transportation for purposes of prostitution provides for a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000.
David Magdycz Acting Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; and Colonel Christopher Mason, Superintendent of the Massachusetts