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Stone Mountain man pleads guilty to trafficking women

ATLANTA - A Stone Mountain man pleaded guilty this week in federal court to charges he lured and coerced eight young women - including two juveniles - into prostitution.

Jimmie Lee Jones, 31, whose alias is "Mike Spade," pleaded guilty to federal charges Monday of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking and transporting young women across state lines for purposes of prostitution.

Jones faces a maximum of 15 years in prison and has agreed to pay $60,600 in restitution to his victims.

U.S. District Court officials have yet to set a sentencing date for Jones.

According to charging documents in the case, Jones persuaded six victims to engage in commercial sex acts through force, fraud and coercion between 2000 and 2005. He also forced two juveniles to engage in commercial sex acts knowing they weren't at least 18 years old, according to the federal documents.

The victims eventually came forward to the Atlanta Police Department, U.S. Attorney David Nahmias said in a release.

The federal documents allege that Jones lured and recruited each victim into prostitution with promises of legitimate modeling or exotic dancing work. He "used physical violence, threats of violence, deception and other forms of coercion to compel victims to work as prostitutes," according to the documents.

Jones admitted Monday to transporting, or causing the young women to be transported, from Georgia to Florida, Alabama and Indiana for prostitution.

Details released Tuesday by federal authorities uncover Jones' alleged predatory tactics.

Jones harvested the young women from colleges, retail stores, music events, restaurants and nightclubs, representing himself as a casting agent for either "Candy Girl Casting" or "Dime Piece Entertainment," according to federal documents.

Jones later allegedly convinced the victims to work in strip clubs as dancers, claiming it was a necessary step in modeling and feeling comfortable with their bodies.

The documents allege Jones later beat the victims when they challenged his authority.

The FBI and the Atlanta Police Department's Human Trafficking Task Force investigated the case.

"The defendant in this case took advantage of numerous young women by enticing them with promises," said Assistant Attorney General Wan J. Kim.