A Wheaton man was sentenced Wednesday by a Montgomery County Circuit Court judge to 20 years in prison on human trafficking and assault charges after he assaulted a 20-year-old woman who had tried to escape his prostitution scheme at the Radisson Hotel in Rockville.
Marcus Jamal Lindsey, 23, was convicted by a jury in December after being arrested by Rockville police after he beat a woman who had tried to flee from him on March 3, 2016.
A key piece of evidence presented by prosecutors was a recording made by a hotel worker just outside the Radisson room where Lindsey was staying with the 20-year-old woman and another woman. In the recording the 20-year-old woman could be heard screaming and yelling, “Marcus stop it!” and “I don’t want this life.”
The woman later told police Lindsey had choked her and hit her with a closed fist after she had become unhappy working as a prostitute for Lindsey and attempted to leave. Prior to the assault Lindsey had taken out Backpage.com ads featuring the woman and forced her to offer sexual services, for which he would take all the money, according to police.
“If not for the heroic actions of a hotel staff person to record the assault by Mr. Lindsey upon the woman he was trafficking, we may not have been able to convict this man of using backpage.com to ply his evil trade of what [Judge Nelson Rupp] called actions akin to ‘modern human slavery’,” Ramon Korionoff, a spokesman for the county’s state’s attorney’s office said. “Mr. Lindsey will have a long time in prison to think about what he did to young women for his own benefit and against their will.”
Prosecutors also used a jailhouse recording to help seal the jury conviction of Lindsey. In the recording, Lindsey could be heard saying to a different woman that if the victim didn’t testify against him he wouldn’t be found guilty. He says in the recording, “the b***h needs to not come to court.”
The victim did not testify against him in the case, but prosecutors were able to secure the conviction using the hotel worker’s recording and other evidence obtained by Rockville police, according to Korionoff.
The Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office thanked the hotel staff for “their good corporate citizenship” in helping to convict Lindsey.