(STL.News) – Matthew D. Krueger, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that Dameion D. Wyatt (age 41), of Milwaukee was sentenced on Friday, November 15, 2019 to 10 years in prison followed by three years on supervised release for engaging in a conspiracy to commit sex trafficking by force, fraud, or coercion. Wyatt pled guilty on July 2, 2019.
According to the plea agreement, Wyatt trafficked multiple women around the state of Wisconsin, as well as in other states including Illinois and Indiana. These victims earned money at Wyatt’s direction, all of which they were forced to turn over to him, by engaging in commercial sex and stealing valuables from their prostitution customers. Wyatt controlled these women through a combination of violence, threats, and manipulation. He also instructed his victims to lie to law enforcement about his identity in order to avoid arrest. Wyatt might have continued to avoid detection but for the courage of one of his victims, who decided to make disclosures about Wyatt to law enforcement in 2016, several years after her victimization. After she paved the way, several others also shared their stories, leading to Wyatt’s arrest in April 2018.
“Sex traffickers like Dameion Wyatt inflict horrific trauma on their victims, making it difficult for them to step forward and ultimately find healing,” said United States Attorney Krueger. “We commend the victims who had the courage to work with law enforcement. The United States Attorney’s Office and our law enforcement partners stand ready to listen to survivors, help them find needed services, and bring justice to traffickers.”
The case was investigated by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigations and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Laura S. Kwaterski and Erica J. Lounsberry.