Back in September of this year, a Milwaukee man, Michael Lock, was convicted of violent crimes. His sentencing date was yesterday; the judge gave him 30 years in prison. This particular sentence was for a series of charges relating to a prostitution and solicitation ring he allegedly ran.
Lock had previously been charged and convicted for murder and was facing two life sentences. This is in addition to sentences for other crimes he was said to have committed: kidnapping, robbery, drug crimes, and fraud.
Authorities believe that Lock had been running a crime operation for at least ten years. The crimes that he has already been convicted of carry serious consequences. The prosecution is hoping that these penalties will act as a deterrent for others who may be perpetrating similar crimes.
In this particular case, Lock was accused of prostitution. The prosecution described him as ruthless and savvy, targeting vulnerable young women and manipulating them to do what he wanted. They also claim that Lock's wife was forced to prostitute herself and help run the business, even though she took back her testimony.
Though Lock has been sentenced, the investigation may still be ongoing. Some of the informants who were given lighter sentences in exchange for information suggested that members of the police force were actually working for Lock. There is no evidence yet to substantiate these claims.
Lock has denied the charges, saying that he was not soliciting women. He will likely appeal many of the convictions against him.
Source: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel online, "Lock given 30 years for running prostitution ring," Bruce Vielmetti, 22 November 2010