ANCHORAGE, Alaska — An Anchorage wife and husband have pleaded guilty to sex trafficking charges after investigators alleged they ran a prostitution ring across Alaska.
Amber Batts pleaded guilty to second-degree sex trafficking, the Alaska Dispatch News (http://bit.ly/1FXmmsL ) reported. She originally faced eight counts of sex trafficking in the first, second and third degree.
Wearing handcuffs and yellow Hiland Mountain Correctional Center jail clothes, Batts wiped tears from her cheeks during a hearing on Friday.
Assistant attorney general Adam Alexander said after the hearing she was the primary player behind the enterprise.
Her husband Quinn Batts pleaded guilty to third-degree sex trafficking. Alexander said Quinn Batts, who was not in custody and appeared for the hearing dressed in plain clothes, worked as his wife's assistant by picking up payments, among other duties.
Investigators say the ring marketed sex workers in Anchorage, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Juneau, Fairbanks and the Kenai Peninsula online.
Amber Batts could be sentenced to 10 years in prison because she has also been charged with violating parole stemming from a prior felony conviction. She was found guilty in 2009 of stabbing a man in the neck with a broken beer bottle.
She is due to be sentenced on July 24.
Judge Philip Volland sentenced Quinn Batts to five years of probation and suspended a two-year sentence.
Alaska State Troopers reported arresting Amber Batts in July.
Troopers said Amber Batts managed and supervised the business, trafficking to about 800 clients. She would take $100 out of $300 charged per hour, according to charges.
Quinn Batts was arrested in October for helping his wife run the business.
Information from: Alaska Dispatch News, http://www.adn.com