Harry Miller, from Madison, was sentenced for using violence, threats and coercion to compel two young women suffering from heroin addiction, to prostitute for his profit in Madison on September 14. Miller, age 60, was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison.
Miller’s prison term will be followed by a 15-year term of supervised release.
A jury convicted Miller on May 23, 2018, of two counts of sex trafficking by force, threats or coercion, and one count of maintaining a property for drug trafficking. What began as an investigation into drug distribution by Miller also became a sex trafficking investigation when officers with the Dane County Narcotics Task Force discovered that Miller had forced two women to engage in commercial sex acts.
At the trial, the two victims testified they both met Miller as a drug supplier, and that they both ended up moving in with Miller in 2017. Testimony showed that after the victims moved in, Miller used threats, manipulation, and physical violence to force them into acts of prostitution in the Madison area. Miller forced the victims to do up to 10 dates a day and if they refused to engage in prostitution for him, he physically assaulted them and/or withheld heroin from them until they were in physical withdrawal from the drug. Miller also threatened to call law enforcement on the victims if they did not do as he demanded.
The jury also found that Miller maintained a place in Madison during the same time-period for the purpose of distributing and using heroin and cocaine.