A West Coast pimp who already served 11 years behind bars for sex trafficking and abuse of two teenge victims was sent back to Federal prison for ten years last week for trafficking more victims, whom prosecutors say he met in Long Beach and forced into prostitution within a year of being released.
William Earl “E-Flave” Flavors, 41, pleaded guilty in December to one count of transportation into prostitution after it was discovered he brought two women from Long Beach to Las Vegas to work as prostitutes in 2012. According to court papers, Flavors coerced one of them, a 19-year-old, by “beating her with his fists and on one occasion burning her legs with a lit cigarette.” He was arrested by Long Beach police in 2012 on suspicion of attacking a woman.
Flavors was released from prison in 2011 after serving 11 years of a 14-year sentence, according to Thom Mrozek of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He will serve his current ten-year sentence–agreed upon in a plea bargain–consecutively with the four years he must also serve for violating his supervised release in the prior conviction. Flavors must serve at least 85% of his sentence.
In a letter written to the judge, Flavors accepted responsibility for his crimes, but also blamed the judicial system for not letting him return to his native Seattle, where he says his family and friends could have kept him out of trouble. He said he got a job as a salesman, but lost it when the economy slumped.
“While being without a job, my bills began to stack up on me, and with no family or friends to turn to for help I started stressing and [began] to drink a great deal of alcohol every day and hang with the wrong people,” Flavors wrote, claiming that if probation officials had sent him back to Washington, he would not have been in this “predicament.” “I just feel like I was set up for failure and not given a fair chance by not being able to go home where I had support from family and friends…”
The defendant also said he was a “total idiot” and a “drunk and irresponsible loser” to go back to pimping. “I am embarrassed, hurt and disappointed in myself for letting my family and friends down,” the letter said. The judge was not sympathetic, Mrozek said.
In May 2000, Flavors was sentenced to 14 years in prison for taking a 15- year-old girl and a 17-year-old girl from Washington and forcing them to work as prostitutes in Orange County near Disneyland. In the prior federal case, prosecutors said Flavors broke one victim’s nose and beat another victim with clothes hangers and burned her with curling irons while also forcing her to drink cups of urine.
Photo: William Earl Flavors in a 1999 mugshot