The name of notorious sex trafficker “Uncle Bill” struck terror in the hearts of the Thai women he exploited and abused in cathouses across the U.S.
In a St. Paul, Minn. courtroom, Michael “Uncle Bill” Morris, 66, was convicted of running the international sex-trafficking ring and sentenced to 17 years in prison.
According to cops, Morris sat at the apex of a massive scheme to enslave numerous women in sex work. Thirty-six others were also convicted in the ring.
He was sentenced at the end of August but the U.S. Justice Department only put out the press release this week. Morris was convicted after a six-week trial.
Thirty-one other defendants pleaded guilty, with 29 sentenced for their roles in the sickening enterprise.
“Sex trafficking continues to be a repugnant local, national, and international crime that preys on vulnerable populations,” U.S. Attorney Erica H. MacDonald said.
The criminal organization lured hundreds of women from Bangkok with the promise of a better life and then put them to work in bordellos around the U.S., including Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Phoenix, Washington, D.C., Las Vegas, Houston, Dallas, Seattle, and Austin.