Man allegedly pimped heroin-addicted women in exchange for drugs

  • Police say Willie James Johnson, of Lehigh County, trafficked six women and took their money and gave them heroin.
  • The alleged victims were all addicted to heroin, court documents state.

A Lehigh County man is accused of pimping out half a dozen heroin-addicted women in York County in exchange for heroin.

Northern Regional Police say Willie James Johnson would take all the money from the women's prostitution and give them heroin. One alleged victim was 16 when she was prostituted, and another overdosed, according to police. 

Johnson, 57, of Catasauqua, is charged with trafficking individuals, involuntary servitude, possession of drugs with intent to deliver and criminal use of a communications facility.

Willie Johnson

Allegations: Police spoke with one of the victims in June and she said she began prostituting herself for Johnson the summer before, documents state.

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She told police Johnson approached her to do it and told her she could make a lot of money and eventually get a car, police said.

However, according to court documents, Johnson kept all the money and instead only gave her heroin.

Police say Johnson would go to his job in the Allentown area during the week and would sometimes leave the woman alone for more than a week before collecting the money.

If she didn't have the money Johnson expected, he would get angry and leave her stranded, police allege. 

Johnson would become upset and say "the situation is not benefiting me at all" when the women didn't make any money, according to police.

One of the victims told police that she first tried heroin with Johnson and that Johnson told her she needed to "work" to pay for the heroin, documents allege.

Another victim, 16 at the time, said she was trafficked in 2014 for about three to four months, police said. 

"Johnson provided heroin to (the victim) as she needed it to maintain her habit," Detective Mark Baker wrote in charging documents.

Police say another victim said one of women Johnson trafficked overdosed and died on heroin he gave her.

Prostitution: The women would meet men at the Quality Inn in Springettsbury Township, Motel 6, Super 8 and Econo Lodge in Manchester Township and even in a home in York City, documents state. Police say Johnson also would have them work in the Allentown and Lancaster areas.

Some of the alleged trafficking began as early as 2014 and some as late as 2016, documents state.

Police say Johnson would arrange all the meetings online. He would charge a different rate for each woman, with a different price for a short stay, half-hour stay and an hour stay, charging documents state.

According to court documents, Johnson worked in the Allentown area during the winter and in York during the summer.

Johnson inherited a home on South Queen Street in York City, and police say he packaged drugs there that he bought from another man.

Charges were filed against Johnson on  Wednesday, Oct. 4, and he was arraigned on the charges Thursday, Oct. 5.

Johnson was sent to York County Prison without bail. He does not have an attorney listed.

His preliminary hearing is set for 9 a.m. Oct. 19 at District Judge Jeffrey Oberdorf's office.

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