Black Man Sentenced to 40 Years for Sex Trafficking Native Hawaiians

July 26, 2022

OAHU, HI—An Oahu Circuit Court judge sentenced a 39-year-old former Naval petty officer to 40 years in prison for sex trafficking two teenage girls in 2013 and sexually assaulting one of them.

Marquis Green was found guilty on April 21 by a jury of one count of first-degree sexual assault, two counts of first-degree promoting prostitution (now called sex trafficking), and one count of third-degree sexual assault, according to Honolulu Star Advertiser.

“Judge Rowena Somerville highlighted the grave nature of Green’s offenses, his lack of remorse, and the need to protect the public in sentencing Green to two consecutive 20-year-terms,” Prosecuting Attorney Steven Alm said in a news release Wednesday morning.

Green trafficked the girls in 2013 in Waikiki. He sexually assaulted the 15-year-old girl and assaulted her on another occasion.

According to court records, Green got the 15-year-old girl drunk in June 2013 in his Ala Moana apartment and raped her. The 39-year-old also whipped the girl’s legs with a belt and punched her in the face after he caught her hanging out with a male friend.

Green also used a 17-year-old and 16-year-old for sex trafficking as well, reports Honolulu Star Advertiser.

“We asked the court to sentence Green to two consecutive 20-year terms of imprisonment and we are very pleased that Judge Somerville agreed,” Alm said.

“This sentence ensures that the public will be safe from Green’s violent and unconscionable conduct for a long time and should serve as a warning to all the pimps and traffickers out there,” he stated.

Alm called sex trafficking a “heinous crime that often targets the most vulnerable members of our society. We are inspired by the courage and perseverance of the survivors in this case who did not give up, even after years of delays caused by Green.”

Feature Image via Honolulu Star Advertiser

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