A Kansas City man who used violence and intimidation to force women into prostitution pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal sex trafficking charge.
Michael L. Buck was indicted by a federal grand jury in October 2008 on charges of trafficking or attempting to traffic four adult female victims and with attempting to produce child pornography using a fifth victim, who was a juvenile.
Buck, 37, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Kansas City to a single count charging that from 2002 to 2008 he “recruited, harbored, transported, provided and obtained females to engage in commercial sex acts” through “threats of serious harm, physical restraint and force.”
The charge carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison.
According to previously filed court documents, some of the victims were beaten, burned, choked, cut and tied up if they resisted Buck’s efforts to have them engage in prostitution.
He used a phone service to advertise their services and arranged for the women to engage in sex acts for money at locations in Kansas City and Independence, including apartments, motels, houses and strip clubs, according to federal prosecutors.
Buck will be sentenced after a pre-sentence investigation is completed.