Avondale man pleads guilty to sex trafficking in Louisville

Avondale man pleads guilty to sex trafficking in Louisville

LOUISVILLE, KY (FOX19) - A Cincinnati man plead guilty in U.S District Court Friday to locking up women in his Avondale home, then driving them to Louisville where he forced them into prostitution.

According to a release, Christopher Hisle, 45, of Avondale, was arrested on April 8 in Louisville after he drove a young woman from Cincinnati to Louisville to engage in prostitution at a Red Roof Inn on Blairwood Road.  A subsequent FBI investigation revealed Hisle's involvement in forcing and compelling multiple young women to engage in commercial sex.

Hisle pleaded guilty Friday to multiple charges including one count of sex trafficking by force, fraud, or coercion, two counts of enticing a person to travel in interstate commerce for the purpose of prostitution and one count of interstate transportation for the purpose of prostitution.

Court documents show that Hisle "created escort advertisements" and directed the girls to "post the advertisements on internet webpages."

According to the plea agreement, Hisle physically assaulted several of the victims, including striking one of the victims in the face when she threatened to run away. He then locked the victims in his home in Cincinnati in the 900 block of Lexington Ave, by boarding and locking all the doors and windows. On one occasion, a young woman escaped, only to be found and brought back to the house by Hisle.

Neighbors didn't want to be identified because of fear for their safety but say crime in this area has to be monitored better.

"It's always something in this neighborhood so I pretty much stay to myself and try and stay safe and alive," one woman said.
"I'm shocked because I didn't really see that happening. I didn't see anybody running or acting like they were scared. They'd be having
parties over there and that's all I thought it was," one man who lives nearby says.

Hisle faces a mandatory minimum sentence to 15 years in prison.  

His sentencing has been set for Feb. 9, 2015 in Louisville. As part of his plea agreement, Hisle will pay restitution to 12 women identified as victims of his human trafficking crimes.

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