A 33-year-old California man will spend 15 months in federal prison for pimping out women in Sioux Falls.
Joe Becker was sentenced Monday morning after he was arrested in August on charges of promoting prostitution.
Authorities caught up with the Los Angeles, California, man after one of the women fled a Sioux Falls hotel and flagged down police to tell them she was working as a prostitute.
Becker pleaded guilty to a charge of transportation for the purpose of prostitution. He admitted he bought a bus ticket for himself and the two women he was with to travel from Minneapolis to Sioux Falls where at least one of the women planned to work as a prostitute.
Court documents say that the prostitution occurred in a Sioux Falls hotel but the woman ‘was not coerced’ to perform the acts.
In court Monday, Becker said he got involved in pimping because he didn’t have any money or a place to live and was desperate.
“I made a horrible decision,” Becker said.
Becker said he was traveling back to California with the women and had only planned to stay in Sioux Falls for the weekend. When he was arrested Becker had $7,000 in cash on him.
“Clearly what was going on here is the women were involved in the prostitution and he was the one profiting off it,” Assistant United States Attorney Jeff Clapper said in court.
Becker was also ordered to hand over several smartphones, tablets and laptops.