Madison Man Convicted of Human Trafficking, Supplying Heroin to Underage Victims

Jan 30 2015
Madison Man Convicted of Human Trafficking, Supplying Heroin to Underage Victims

 

MADISON — A Madison man who admitted he engaged in human trafficking and provided heroin to underage victims has been convicted and will now face sentencing, Attorney General Brad Schimel and Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne announced.

 

He victimized at least four women and one juvenile male, according to two Criminal Complaints. Copies of the complaints are available here. (14CF2221) and here. (14CF1733).

 

Lindy Gill coerced four women into prostitution and took all of their profits, according to the Criminal Complaint in 14CF2221. He threatened one victim that he would contact human services about her child if she didn’t work for him.  He provided and withheld heroin from three of the victims to coerce them into prostitution and sexually assaulted one of them.  He also provided heroin to a 17-year-old boy, resulting in the child’s hospitalization, according to the complaint in 14CF1733.

 

“Human trafficking involves extraordinary intimidation and control of the victims,” Schimel said. “It is not uncommon that, as in this case, heroin is used to control the victims.  Human trafficking is a scourge on our community and the crimes committed by this “pimp” had devastating impacts on the lives of his victims.  Human trafficking cases are incredibly difficult to investigate and prove, and I am very proud of the law enforcement officers and prosecutors involved in bringing justice for these victims.  I hope that the positive results in this case will encourage other victims of human trafficking to seek help.”

 

Gill pleaded guilty to two counts of human trafficking and one count of receiving compensation from the earnings of a commercial sex act. Gill also pleaded guilty to one count of second degree recklessly endangering safety in a separate case. The defendant admitted his conduct in additional counts which were dismissed and can be considered at sentencing.  Dane County Judge Josann Reynolds ordered a presentence investigation be conducted and the cases set for sentencing.

 

Human trafficking is a Class D felony and punishable by imprisonment for not more than 25 years or a fine of not more than $100,000, or both. Receiving compensation from the earnings of a commercial sex act is a Class F felony and punishable by imprisonment for not more than 12 ½ years or a fine of not more than $25,000, or both.  Second degree recklessly endangering safety is a class G felony and punishable by imprisonment for not more than 10 years or a fine of not more than $25,000, or both.

 

Dane County Assistant District Attorney Diane Schlipper and Assistant Attorney General Karie Cattanach represent the State of Wisconsin in this prosecution.  This investigation was conducted by the Madison Police Department, Dane County Narcotics Task Force and the Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) of the Wisconsin Department of Justice.