Man pleads guilty for role in Albuquerque sex trafficking ring


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) –An Indiana man pleaded guilty to running a sex trafficking ring in Albuquerque. Matthew Woods, 32, admitted to helping recruit women and minors, forcing them into prostitution, and punishing them when they did not comply.

He was charged alongside Cornelius Galloway who is accused of being the leader of the organization, and Marcus Taylor, who investigators say transported the victims. Woods faces up to 18 years in prison when he is sentenced and will be required to register as a sex offender.

According to a news release U.S. Department of Justice District of New Mexico, Galloway pleaded guilty on March 17, 2020, and was sentenced on Aug. 4, 2020, to 17 years in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release. Taylor pleaded guilty on May 21, 2020, and was sentenced on May 21, 2021, to eight years in prison followed by 10 years supervised release and both are required to register as sex offenders, according to the news release.

The news release states Homeland Security Investigations and the Albuquerque Police Department investigated the case with assistance from the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Jack E. Burkhead and Letitia C. Simms are prosecuting the case.

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