Third charge of trafficking women for sex for Gary man
BY Teresa Auch Schultz firstname.lastname@example.org December 6, 2012 5:28PM
Updated: January 8, 2013 6:27AM
A Gary man already charged with prostituting two women is now accused of trafficking a third woman for sex.
According to the new indictment, filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court in Hammond, Montell Williams, 32, faces two counts of forced sex trafficking and three counts of violating the Mann Act by taking women across state borders for prostitution.
The indictment claims he prostituted three women — identified only as E.D., J.S. and S.H. — in Indiana, Illinois and Georgia.
According to a search warrant, Williams forced the first woman into prostitution when he lived in Calumet Park, Ill., taking her to several motels. Another victim joined him shortly after, and the three eventually moved to Gary in April 2011. He beat one victim so hard she was taken to The Methodist Hospitals Southlake with two broken ribs, an open head wound and bruises to her head and torso.
He met the third victim in January.
The indictment says that he prostituted J.S. and S.H. from Indiana to Illinois and Georgia and that he took E.D. from Illinois to Indiana.
Williams, who has been ordered held without bond, has pleaded not guilty in the case.