On March 30, 2017, a Williamson County jury convicted Eric Demarco Hamilton, 28, of one count of Trafficking for a Commercial Sex Act, a Class B Felony, and the misdemeanor count of Domestic Assault, in what is believed to be the first trial of its kind in Williamson County.
Assistant District Attorney Kelly Lawrence of the 21 st Judicial District prosecuted the case.
On April 10, 2016, Brentwood Police responded to a domestic assault call for service at the Extended Stay America hotel located at 9020 Church Street. A coordinated investigation by Brentwood Police and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation led to Hamilton being charged with Trafficking for a Commercial Sex Act and Domestic Assault. The victim was placed in the care of End Slavery Tennessee, a nonprofit agency that partners with law enforcement to combat Human Trafficking.
Statements by the victim and evidence discovered during the investigation determined that the victim had been taken from a hotel in North Little Rock, Arkansas by Hamilton during the early morning hours of April 1, 2016. The victim was transported within Arkansas, and to cities in Texas and Florida before coming to Brentwood for the purpose of performing sex acts at the direction of Hamilton. Hamilton is a Native of Flint, Michigan with ties to Arkansas and Georgia.
Human trafficking is a serious crime that the Brentwood Police Department and other law enforcement and nonprofit agencies in Williamson County and Middle Tennessee work daily to combat.
If you know someone who may be the victim of Human Trafficking call your local police or End Slavery Tennessee at (615)806-6899.