EUGENE, Ore. — A man found guilty of sex trafficking and illegal possession of a gun has been sentenced to 6.5 years in federal prison, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
36-year-old Anthony Jones started using one of the victims for prostitution while still in Idaho. About eight months later, in March of 2015, Jones met another victim. She was homeless, and Jones bribed her with drugs, promising that prostitution would make her rich. This second victim eventually agreed.
Then Jones brought the two victims to Eugene, Oregon. The U.S. Attorney's Office says that Jones would "talk menacingly about 'regulating' his victims and keeping them 'in check' in order to intimidate them.
On March 7, 2015, a planned sex transaction at a Eugene motel "fell apart" when the second victim refused to participate. The "John" (client) became upset and tore at the victim's clothing, threatening to return with a gun.
After the incident, Jones threatened to leave the woman stranded in Oregon if she did not cooperate and keep prostituting for him.
When police investigated the disturbance at the motel that day, they found Jones—a convicted felon—in possession of a handgun. He was arrested and would eventually plead guilty to one count each of interstate transport for prostitution and felon in possession of a firearm on Tuesday, November 21, 2017.