Human trafficking suspect booked into Santa Rosa County Jail

Posted on August 19, 2019 by Staff reports

Pensacola resident David C. Williams, 41, is currently being held in Santa Rosa County Jail without bond, following his arrest in connection with his operation of multiple Asian massage parlors in Florida, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, according to U.S. Attorney Lawrence Keefe of the Northern District of Florida.

Keefe announced on Friday that a federal arrest warrant was executed on a Pensacola business owner for using interstate facilities for purposes of racketeering, money laundering conspiracy, and the harboring of illegal aliens for commercial advantage or private financial gain.

Along with the arrest of Williams on these federal charges, over a dozen search warrants were executed at massage parlors linked to Williams in these three states. This included multiple federal search warrants in Pensacola, Gulf Breeze, and Gainesville, all of which are located in the Northern District of Florida.

All Day Walk-in Massage in Gulf Breeze was raided Thursday, August 15 (Photo by Romi White)

Over half a dozen seizure warrants were also executed on bank accounts linked to the allegations against Williams.

Assistant United States Attorney David L. Goldberg is prosecuting the case following a joint investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigations, Homeland Security Investigations, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office, the Gainesville Police Department, the Clearwater Police Department, the Florida State Attorney’s Office and the Office of the Attorney General for the State of Pennsylvania.

A detention hearing for Williams has been set for August 20, 2019, at 2 p.m. at the United States Courthouse in Pensacola.

A criminal complaint is merely an allegation by law enforcement that a defendant has committed a violation of federal criminal law and is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt at trial.