Friday, May 30, 2014

Second Half of Sex Trafficking Pair Sent to Prison

Posted By on Fri, May 30, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Derrick Hicklen (left) and Gypsie Akers (right)
  • Derrick Hicklen (left) and Gypsie Akers (right)

In November 2013, Boise Weekly first told you about Derrick Hicklen and Gypsie Akers both being arrested in connection with a sex ring run out of hotels near the Boise Airport.

Akers has already been sentenced to 15 years of jail time, and on Thursday, the 44-year-old Hicklen, as part of a plea agreement, was sentenced to 2-to-5 years in prison.

Prosecutors said they had difficulty finding the prostitutes who allegedly worked in the sex ring to testify against Hicklen.

Hicklen and Akers were both originally charged with felony counts of human trafficking, procurement of prostitution, receiving pay for procuring a prostitute, compelling a person to engage in prostitution and accepting earnings from a prostitute. Hicken had also been charged with rape and video voyeurism.

Police had initially suspected that more than a dozen women were victims in the operation.

In April, Boise Weekly pointed to the case of Hicklen and Akers to help 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.

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