BOISE -- Two Boise residents face a long list felony charges after police say they forced at least a dozen local women into prostitution.

Boise Police detectives arrested 44-year-old Derrick W. Hicklen and 28-year-old Gypsie Akers on felony warrants earlier this week.


According to police, Hicklen and Akers coerced and persuaded more than a dozen local women into multiple incidents of prostitution, which included holding women in hotels where they were forced to perform sexual acts for money.

Akers is accused of taking the money the victims earned. Hicklen is also accused of performing several sexual acts upon women without their consent, in some cases after drugging them so they could not object. Police say Hicklen photographed the crimes.


Investigators say there may be more potential victims that have not yet been identified.

We believe the women involved were victimized in every sense. It's taken courage for them to speak with officers, said Sgt. Mark Barnett of the Boise Police Violent Crimes Unit. And we're still searching for what we believe are more victims.


Hicklen was arrested Tuesday on a warrant for felony charges of human trafficking, detention for prostitution, rape, procurement, and video voyeurism.

Akers was also served with the warrant Tuesday while she was in the Ada County Jail on an unrelated drug charge. She's charged with human trafficking, accepting the earnings of a prostitute, detention for prostitution, procurement, receiving funds from procurement.

This isn't Akers first run-in with the law. She was arrested in June on an injury to a child charge after police say they found dangerous and filthy conditions at her west Boise home.

Both Hicklen and Akers are due back in court for preliminary hearings on November 19.

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