A Miami pimp known as Daddy A-Plus will serve 18 years in prison after he admitted to hatching a plan to have a buddy seduce a key witness, then drug her so she would fail to appear to testify in court.
Alexander Alvarez Valdes, 38, pleaded guilty this week to a host of racketeering, sex trafficking, kidnapping - and conspiracy to tamper with a witness. He will also serve five years' probation after his release from prison.
He owned A-Plus Escorts, a company run out a home in Kendall. According to investigators, he employed dozens of freelance escorts who worked as prostitutes around the clock in Little Havana-area motels.
But Alvarez also kept several young women, plucked from the streets, in confinement, beating, raping and forcing them to prostitute, prosecutors say.
He advertised on websites including Craigslist and Backpage.com, police say.
Alvarez was first arrested in 2010.
While he was in jail, Alvarez exchanged hundreds of letters with friend Daniel Espinosa as part of an effort to get witnesses to change their testimony, police said.
At one point, Alvarez instructed Espinosa to seduce a young woman who had served as one of the mans prostitutes, then drug her so she would not appear in court, according to an arrest report.
Detectives in December discovered the letters after raiding Espinosas North Miami-Dade home. He too was arrested.