A Grapevine victim of sex trafficking tells her story
A pimp who recruited some teenage girls on Facebook and used violence to keep them from leaving has been sentenced to life in a federal prison, federal officials said.
Allen Nash lured girls with a promise of a better life, but instead, the 31-year-old got them to engage in commercial sex acts, demanding they work day and night in the Dallas area.
Nash was sentenced on Friday after he was convicted in April by a federal jury of sex-trafficking children, conspiracy to commit sex trafficking, sex trafficking through force, fraud or coercion, transportation of a minor to engage in commercial sex acts and illegal possession of ammunition.
The charges stemmed from Nash forcing two victims, ages 17 and 19, into illicit sex trade in the fall of 2014.
Nash confiscated their proceeds and used violence and threats to keep them from leaving, according to federal agents.
When she fell asleep in a motel room, one victim was dragged out of bed by Nash and her head was slammed into a toilet, cracking the seat with her skull, a warning to other victims about what could happen to them if they failed to earn enough money.
Nash recruited the 17-year-old victim via Facebook with promises of gifts and trips, according to federal court documents. He showed up at her mother’s apartment in a Mercedes to drive her to her liaison.
“I was a vulnerable little girl in need of guidance. I was desperate for help. Allen Nash knew that,” the young woman, now 22, said in an impact statement read in federal court on Friday. “I think it’s safe to say the devil lives in him.”
Nash routinely posted profanity-laced videos of himself clutching fistfuls of dollar bills, boasting about his “ho money,” according to federal prosecutors.
At some point, Nash joined forces with the owner of the “Doll House” massage parlor in Dallas. Nash, “Doll House” owner Connie Su Moser and manager Kum Shugars arranged illicit meetings on Backpage.com, disguised as “body rub’ treatments.
“Preying on vulnerable young women is despicable, and this sentence validates that important message,” Erin Nealy Cox, the U.S. attorney of the Northern District of Texas, said in a news release. “I’m proud of the women who came forward to help us bring Mr. Nash to justice. We will continue to prioritize human-trafficking cases across the Northern District of Texas.”
Moser pleaded guilty to racketeering in July 2017 and has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison. Shugars, who testified in Nash’s trial, pleaded guilty to racketeering in June 2017 and has been sentenced to more than two years in prison.
Authorities seized more than $1 million in assets from Moser, including $400,000 in cash from her home, $70,000 in her bank account and her 2015 Lexus.