Last year Houston-based United Airlines pilot Bruce Wayne Wallis was arrested for running “a string of brothels in apartment complexes throughout Houston.”
He had “a half-dozen brothel apartments with six to 10 women in each one.” The women paid him “$400 a week to ply their trade.”
However did the cops figure out it? (Not an actual photo of the apartments.)
Let’s assume 48 prostitutes at $400 a week, he was taking in about a million dollars a year less expenses. That’s twice what what the flight attendant for a Gulf carrier made actually sleeping with passengers inflight. And no doubt a lot more than the Japanese flight attendants were making who were doing it to make up for declining wages at their airline. There’s a lesson here about entrepreneurship and leverage.
As so often happens in these cases, 19 women were arrested on prostitution charges. No clients were arrested.
Batman Bruce Wayne Wallis will even escape jail. He received 5 years ‘deferred adjudication probation’ and has to pay a $2000 fine and perform 150 hours of community service. By completing this service he won’t have a felony on his record. He won’t lose his pilots license. Though he was suspended from United when he was arrested, he needs the license to operate his flight school.
The sentence by state District Judge Jim Wallace drew sharp criticism from civil rights groups, who said black and Hispanic pimps and madams are routinely sentenced to decades of prison time while Bruce Wayne Wallis, who is white, was not. Wallace, a Republican, is also white.
Prosecutors sought up to 7 years in prison for the guilty plea, but the judge denied the request since there’s no evidence that anyone’s involvement in the enterprise was non-consensual.
I’m not sure the answer to racial disparities in sentencing is necessarily harsher sentences for white defendants as much as fairness for non-white defendants.
In this case original claims that Wallis was “using his position as a commercial pilot to move women, gold bars and millions of dollars in an international sex trafficking ring” turned out to be false.