by khou.com staff
Posted on November 12, 2010 at 1:28 PM
Updated Friday, Nov 12 at 1:30 PM
HOUSTON—A Houston pimp was sentenced to 405 months in prison Friday for sex trafficking of a minor, transportation of a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and coercion of an adult to engage in criminal sexual activity.
Barry Lernard Davis, also known as “Sir Lewis,” was convicted in March 2010. In addition to the 405-month sentence, he was also given a 240-month sentence for the coercion charge, to be served concurrently.
Prosecutors said Davis lured a 16-year-old girl and a grown woman into a life of prostitution with promises of food, shelter and material possessions. Once the victims were under his influence, he controlled them with physical violence, sexual violence and death threats.
The 16-year-old victim was a high school student in Pasadena when Davis convinced her to prostitute herself, prosecutors said. Her family had reported her missing.
She testified that she was photographed nude, and those pictures were used as online ads for prostitution.
According to testimony, Davis drove the teen across state lines and solicited men to have sex with her for money in a New Orleans hotel.
The teen said Davis was aware that she was underage at the time, and also that she was pregnant.
The adult victim also testified at the trial, recounting brutal beatings at the hands of Davis, including one incident in which he broke her nose and forced her to prostitute herself minutes later.
The adult victim told the jury about the underworld of pimps and prostitutes, known as “the game.” She also detailed the “rules” that the prostitutes and pimps adhere to.
Her testimony was confirmed by FBI special agents.
They said Davis’ behavior showed he was fully engaged in the world of pimps and prostitutes.
According to testimony, Davis “branded” both victims with tattoos of his name and initials.
At Friday’s sentencing hearing, the teen victim’s mother told the jury about the hold Davis had on her daughter, and how traumatic the ordeal has been for the family.
Davis has been in federal custody since his arrest in July 2009, where prosecutors said he will remain to serve his sentence.