BOISE — Two Boise residents were arrested this week for operating a prostitution ring that police say coerced more than a dozen local women to perform sexual acts for money. The women were allegedly held at local hotels and forced to engage in the sexual acts.
Derrick Wallace Hicklen, 44, is accused of human trafficking, detention for prostitution, rape, procurement and video voyeurism. Police say Hicklen provided the women with a drug that rendered them unable to object and then he raped them. Police say he also photographed the sexual encounters.
Gypsie Akers, 28, was also charged with trafficking, detention for prostitution and procurement, along with accepting the earnings of a prostitute and receiving funds from procurement.
On Oct. 19, the Boise Police Department received a tip from Ada County sheriff's investigators that a possible case of human trafficking and prostitution was taking place in Boise.
Hicklen was arrested Tuesday on a warrant issued in the case. Akers was served with a warrant the same day. She was at the Ada County Jail on an unrelated drug charge.
Police did not announce the arrests for about 36 hours while detectives tried to reach out to the women believed to have been victimized by Hicklen and Akers. Police offered the women legal and emotional support. Assistance was provided through the Victim Services Unit of the Boise Police Department.
Both defendants were arraigned Wednesday. They remain in the Ada County Jail.
Hicklen is being held on $1 million bond, while Akers is being held on $500,000 bond.