Anchorage woman changes plea in sex trafficking case
Amber Batts — a woman accused of managing sex workers across the state — will likely spend the next few years in prison. The Anchorage woman pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of second-degree sex trafficking Friday morning.
Authorities arrested Batts and her husband, Quinn, in July 2014 as part of a statewide prostitution investigation. Batts admitted to sending sex workers to Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Kenai and the Mat-Su Valley.
She could have received at least 30 years in prison if jurors convicted her of the charges. Judge Philip Volland could send her away for at least four years on the reduced charge when she is scheduled to be sentenced July 24.
The legal troubles do not end there for Batts. Her arrest came while out on probation after she stabbed a man in the neck with a broken beer bottle in 2007. She will also be sentenced for the probation violation in July.
Quinn Batts also pleaded guilty to a reduced sex trafficking charge Friday. Judge Volland gave him a suspended four-year sentence, plus five years probation.
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