A human trafficker who forced three women to prostitute themselves in Allentown is now facing decades behind bars, in one of the first sentences handed down under Pennsylvania's human trafficking law.
In recorded phone interviews from Lehigh County Jail, Issac Pearson spoke about the women in his "stable" and in his "palace," Judge Maria Dantos said on Monday.
"We'll send you to a different palace now," the judge said, before sentencing Pearson to 17 to 34 years in state prison, the maximum sentence allowed in the case.
Pearson again on Monday claimed he was innocent of the charges -- "I would never subject anyone to that -- and that he cared for the women. Dantos replied that if that's how Pearson cares for somebody, "then God help us all."
Addressing the lone victim who testified at Pearson's trial, Dantos said, "You were seen, heard and believed."