Fulton County Jurors Sentences Sex Trafficker to Life In Prison

Amanda Cooper
October 09, 2019 - 3:51 pm

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A local convicted sex trafficker was handed down a long-term sentence after forcing a 20-year-old victim into the sex trade.

Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard, Jr. announced that 25-year-old Derrick Manuel was sentenced to life in prison with 40 years to serve 40 and the remainder of his life on probation. Investigators said on September 1, 2018, Manuel threatened to riddle the house of the unidentified 20-year-old acquaintance with gunfire and kill her family if she did not comply with his demands.

In court, the victim described torturous accounts with Manuel when she refused his sexual advances.  She also recounted being forced to solicit “Johns” for sex at a truck stop along Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway in Southwest Atlanta. During her testimony, the victim says that the defendant set the prices at $40 for oral sex, $125 for 30 minutes of vaginal sex, and $200 for one hour of vaginal sex. At least one “John” propositioned the victim while inside the truck stop, but she refused to accompany the man to his vehicle. She managed to escape when Manuel allowed her to attend church on September 2, 2018, telling him that her friends and family would worry if she was not in attendance. 

The Atlanta Police Department Fugitive Squad arrested Manuel, who had been arrested seven times prior, on October 3, 2018. Police say following his arrest, the defendant continued to contact the 20-year-old victim from jail in an attempt to force her to sign an affidavit stating she did not tell the truth. 

Derrick Manuel was charged with trafficking of persons for sexual servitude, aggravated sodomy, terroristic threats, false imprisonment, pandering by compulsion, pimping, obstruction of law enforcement, and simple battery.