ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An Albuquerque man who was running a sex trafficking ring out of hotel rooms around the city was sentenced to 17 years in prison on Wednesday.
Cornelius “Chip” Galloway pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit sex trafficking in March. He had been arrested and charged with the crime in May of 2017 after authorities say the sex trafficking operation was tied to two homicides.
Galloway admitted to participating in the ring from October 2016 to February 2017, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for New Mexico.
“Galloway and other members of the ring operated a prostitution service in which they used force, threats, fraud and coercion to compel women to engage in sex for money,” spokesman Scott Howell wrote in a news release. “Galloway admitted the members of the ring advertised prostitutes online, rented hotel rooms for prostitution and arranged appointments with clients by phone. They did not allow the victims any say about hours, fees or locations, and forced them to turn over all the money they received from customers.”
Galloway’s wife, Danielle Galloway, and another defendant, Marcus Taylor, have also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit sex trafficking. A fourth defendant, Matthew Woods, is scheduled to start trial next week.