11/28/2012 09:45:13 AM EST
Trafficker Sentenced to Life Without Parole
"Their nightmare dragged on for more than two years. The undocumented women from Eastern Europe were brought to the Chicago area where they were later beaten, branded and forced into prostitution. The man responsible for the scheme, Alex Campbell, was sentenced Monday to life without parole in a federal prison and to pay $124,000 in restitution. “They (the victims) have a life sentence -- all of them . . . and their life sentence at your hands compels a life sentence for you,” U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman told Campbell during sentencing. Campbell, 47, formerly of Glenview, Ill., operated the Day and Night Spa on Northwest Highway in Mount Prospect, Ill. He called himself “Cowboy” and used violence and threats of violence to force three women from Ukraine and one from Belarus to work for him without pay between July 2008 and January 2010, according to a press release from U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement." - Maria Zamudio, Chicago Reporter, Nov. 27, 2012.