In November 2013, Derrick Hicklen and Gypsie Akers
were arrested in connection with a sex ring run out of hotels near the Boise Airport. Today, Hicklen pleaded guilty at the Ada County Courthouse to felony counts of procurement of prostitution and accepting earnings from a prostitute as part of a plea agreement, and Akers was sentenced to 15 years of jail time with four years fixed and another 11 years indeterminate (plus court costs) for felony counts of procurement of prostitution and accepting earnings from a prostitute.
Hicklen returns to court May 29.
The two were kept separate during the April 3 plea and sentencing hearings, as the prosecution noted that Hicklen still held considerable sway over Akers. It was a point of both the prosecution and defense that Akers, along with up to a dozen others, was a victim of Hicklen's manipulation, though she was also complicit in recruiting women into prostitution, including a former cellmate.
"I consider her a victim of Mr. Hicklen's," said Ada County Prosecuting Attorney Cathy Guzman.
In this week's edition of Boise Weekly
, the cases of Hicklen and Akers helped highlight the hidden world of sex trafficking
, which includes Idaho as part of a circuit of prostitution that extends from California, Nevada and Utah to Oregon and Washington.