An accused pimp from Colorado is expected to appear in a Houston courtroom on Monday.
Jermain “Jello” Wallace was captured Thursday in Houston.
Investigators say he was in a cab with four girls, who were part of a sex trafficking operation here in the Houston area.
Wallace is accused of running a prostitution ring out of Denver.
He was supposed to go on trial in Colorado back in February but disappeared until he was caught in Houston.
U.S. Marshals were hunting for 38 year old Wallace since Feb. 7, when he was supposed to appear in Denver court to face pimping, sexual assault, weapons, drugs, animal cruelty and other charges.
Wallace denied pimping, telling reporters after his arrest, “I don’t deal with prostitutes, I deal with dancers. That’s not against the law,” local station KHOU reported.
The four women, who lived the high life with Wallace in his Colorado mansion before he went on the lam, came to his defense.
The 4 strippers have launched a web campaign to free the alleged pimp nicknamed “Jello-O.”
They say they never worked as prostitutes and Wallace never made money selling skin.
“We like our lives,” Amber Wilson told KHOU. “We want to maintain our lives. That’s all we were trying to do is make money to maintain the way that we lived before this happened.”
The women told the station they were traveling with Wallace working Houston’s strip club circuit.
“We treat it like a 9 to 5,” Kara Laughead told the station. “No funny business. We go in, we work. We make money.”
“We’re not doing anything wrong,” Teresa Weeks added.
Wallace and the women lived in a $1.3 million pad near Castle Rock with a driveway full of custom cars and a collection of exotic pets, court records showed.
The women have created a petition, Prejudice Justice against Jermaine Wallace, on the website ipetitions.com.
There is also a Facebook page, “Jermaine Jello Wallace,” full of posts proclaiming his innocence.
Wallace is expected to be extradited back to Colorado in the next few weeks.