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Sex trafficker gets 15 years, heavy fines

ATLANTA - It's been said that pimping ain't easy.

Well, it ain't legal either.

A Stone Mountain man was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison Thursday for luring and coercing eight young women - including two juveniles - into prostitution.

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

Jones' prison sentence is the maximum allowed under federal law. He was also ordered to pay $60,600 restitution to six of his victims, an official said.

"This sentence should send a clear message that those who engage in sex trafficking will be harshly punished," said U.S. Attorney David Nahmias.

Jones pleaded guilty to the charges in late August.

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.

Two of the victims eventually came forward to the Atlanta Police Department, Nahmias said.

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

Details emerged in court that shed light on Jones' 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."

Jones later 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.