ATLANTA – Two people were sentenced Thursday for taking part in a sex trafficking ring run by former professional wrestler "Hardbody" Harrison Norris.
Two others were sentenced for lying to investigators in the case.
U.S. District Judge Jack T. Camp sentenced Cedric Jackson, 41, of Atlanta to five years in prison and Aimee Allen, 37, formerly of Cartersville and now of Clarence, N.Y., to two years and 10 months for conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking.
Leslie Smith, 22, of Macon and Michell Achuff, 25, of Lafayette, Tenn., who admitted that they provided false information to protect Norris, each received three years of probation.
Norris, who claimed he just ran training camp for women to become professional wrestlers, was convicted by a federal jury on 24 counts related to sex trafficking, peonage, forced labor and witness tampering. His sentencing is scheduled for April 1.
According to information presented in court, Jackson admitted to working as a pimp in the Atlanta area and helping Norris bail unsuspecting women out of local jails and using those debts to coerce them to work as prostitutes.
Allen admitted that that since 2001, she helped Norris recruit women, many of whom were poor, homeless or addicted to drugs, to be prostitutes, by first convincing them that Norris would help them to become wrestlers.