A Fulton man pleaded guilty in federal court to transporting an individual across state lines as part of his prostitution business. The US Attorney's Office says 31-year-old Sanchez Monroe Walker "managed" two prostitutes that advertised their services online. In April 2015, the group traveled to Illinois to meet a client, before returning to their base of operations in Columbia. Authorities say Walker is subject to a sentence of up to 10 years in federal prison without parole.

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News release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Missouri

Tuesday, July 10, 2018, JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A Fulton, Mo., man pleaded guilty in federal court today to transporting an individual across state lines as part of his prostitution business.

Sanchez Monroe Walker, 31, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Willie E. Epps, Jr., to transporting an individual across state lines to engage in prostitution.

In early 2015, Walker was working as the “manager” for “CR,” then a prostitute. Walker and CR made money by traveling about Missouri and temporarily serving customers from a hotel at each location for a day or two before moving on. Potential customers could find their services on advertisements posted to “Backpage,” an internet classifieds site. In January or February of 2015, Walker met a female victim, “FV,” at a party in Columbia, Mo., and soon thereafter, FV joined Walker and CR in the business of prostitution.

On April 9, 2015, the trio traveled from Jefferson City, Mo., to St. Louis, Mo., and posted two ads on Backpage. After checking into a hotel, they received a request for an “outcall” in the vicinity of Fairview Heights, Ill. (An “incall” is when a client comes to the hotel of a prostitute, and an “outcall” is when a prostitute travels to a client.) Walker drove CR and FV across the Mississippi River to a hotel near Fairview Heights (about seven miles into Illinois). Walker waited in the car for about an hour while CR and FV visited a client inside the client’s hotel room. Once the “outcall” was complete, Walker drove both CR and FV back to the hotel in Missouri. At the conclusion of the two-day trip, they returned to Columbia, which was their base of operations.

Under federal statutes, Walker is subject to a sentence of up to 10 years in federal prison without parole. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a presentence investigation by the United States Probation Office.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lawrence E. Miller. It was investigated by the FBI.