SEATTLE (AP) — A 29-year-old SeaTac man was sentenced Friday in Seattle to 15 years in prison for forcing young women to work for him as prostitutes.
The U.S. attorney’s office says Ronnie Leon Tramble pleaded guilty in December in federal court to sex trafficking through force, fraud and coercion.
He came to the attention of police in 2010 in Kent when officers encountered a juvenile prostitute who said Tramble beat her and advertised her on Backpage.com.
Prosecutors say Tramble forced more than five women to work for him over five years. He has a previous conviction in Washington state for promoting prostitution.
As part of his sentence he’ll have to pay restitution to five women.
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