Boise couple faces more charges in human trafficking case

Boise couple faces more charges in human trafficking case

Credit: Ada County Jail

Derrick Hicklin and Gypsie Akers face multiple felonies in connection to a prostitution and human trafficking case in Boise.

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Posted on November 22, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 22 at 5:06 PM

BOISE – A Boise couple arrested for human trafficking earlier this month is facing additional criminal charges.

An Ada County grand jury has indicted Derrick Hicklen, 44, and Gypsie Lee Akers, 28, for numerous felonies including human trafficking; procurement and receiving pay for procurement of prostitution; and compelling another person to engage in prostitution by holding, detaining, or restraining.

Hicklen is also charged with rape and video voyeurism. Akers is charged with accepting the earnings from a prostitute as a joint venture.

Investigators say Hicklen and Akers coerced more than a dozen women into prostitution and kept their earnings.

"This is 'textbook' human trafficking," said Ada County Sheriff's Detective Ryan Pacheco, who is working with Boise Police on the investigation. "(Hicklen and Akers) very methodically found out what the vulnerabilities were for these women and manipulated them into doing things they wouldn't normally do."

Detectives say they have evidence Hicklen performed sexual acts on at least one of the victims without her consent and took photos and videos.

The couple was arrested on Nov. 6. Since then, detectives have identified more victims.  Those women are not being charged.

"We never set out to charge any of these women - we've said all along we consider them victims," Pacheco said. "We've found several. We know there are more out there, and we want to help."

More charges are possible as the investigation continues.

The couple is scheduled to enter pleas in court on Dec. 5.

The crime of human trafficking is punishable by up to 25 years in prison. The procurement charges are punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Hicklen and Akers remain in the Ada County Jail on $1 million and $500,000 bonds respectively.

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