GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - A Grand Rapids man with 14 prior convictions is now the first person in West Michigan sentenced to federal prison for sex trafficking.
U.S. District Court Judge Robert Holmes Bell on Tuesday sentenced Eddie Allen Jackson to 30 years in prison for recruiting teenage girls from Muskegon to work as prostitutes. Jackson, 31, recruited vulnerable girls and had them service clients at Grand Rapids area hotels.
He started the criminal enterprise in 2012 after being released from prison. Jackson served less than seven years on four felony convictions in Kent County, including assault with intent to commit great bodily harm less than murder.
U.S. Attorney Patrick Miles applauded the 30-year sentence, which will be followed by 10 years of supervised release.