Another fine upstanding resident of Chicagoland, where out-of-control crime goes unnoticed unless there a racial angle to exploit.
In photos and videos, Datqunn Sawyer strikes menacing poses, flashes large sparkly rings and parades around parties with a woman on each arm.
It was a lifestyle Sawyer fueled with violence, forcing underage girls and vulnerable women into a life of prostitution and then keeping all of their cash, federal prosecutors say.
According to the government, many of the victims were homeless, runaways or mentally ill. One victim was as young as 12, and another still carried a teddy bear with her at times. He made them call him “Daddy,” drawing them close with false promises of love one minute and then brutally assaulting them the next, leaving scars both visible and invisible.
“It hurted me inside,” one of his victims wrote of the ordeal. “How can a person say they love you and then try to hurt you, and break you down until you’re nothing?”
Sawyer, who was convicted by a federal jury in November of sex trafficking charges, faces up to life in prison at his sentencing today. Prosecutors want him sentenced to 50 years in prison.
“The culture of impunity surrounding sex trafficking must end,” they wrote to U.S. District Judge Charles Kocoras in court papers last week. “For every sex trafficker like (Sawyer) who is convicted in court, there are dozens of others who continue to operate in broad daylight. We ask this court to send a message. If you traffic juveniles or you traffic women by force … you will go to prison for decades.”
On the upside for Sawyer Democrats will fight to the death so he is still able to vote while in prison.