Las Vegas man sentenced for sex trafficking

ANCHORAGE — A Las Vegas man has been sentenced to 1 1/2 years in prison for sex trafficking in Alaska’s largest city.

Brandon Michael Gadson, 32, was convicted of one count of traveling between state lines to promote prostitution. Two other charges were dismissed under a plea agreement

Federal prosecutors said Gadson traveled to Anchorage with another man and three women in July 2010 with the purpose of soliciting the women for sex on the Internet.

Prosecutors said that Gadson used his credit card to pay for postings on the websites Backpage.com and Craigslist.com to solicit the women. The advertisements on Backpage.com contained photographs and information offering the women “as available for commercial sex acts,” according to the plea agreement.

Gadson also paid for hotel rooms for two of the women.

Undercover police conducted a sting operation and arrested Gadson, as well as the women and another man. Gadson was a long-time sex trafficker and had the word “pimp” tattooed on the side of his neck, authorities said.

He was carrying about $10,000 in cash at the time of his arrest, the Anchorage Daily News reported. During the investigation, one of the women, a 19-year-old, accused Gadson of hitting her over the head with a cellphone. Gadson denied hurting the women, according to his court filings.

The sentencing memorandum added that “Mr. Gadson is now painfully aware of the consequences of his conduct, and hopefully has been adequately deterred from future criminal conduct of this nature.”

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