ATLANTA -- After an eight-day trial, a federal jury on Wednesday convicted a Stone Mountain man of heading a sordid sex trafficking ring that lured young women via the Internet, an operation that could send him to prison for life.
Soloman Manasseh Mustafa, 38, was known for committing violent sex acts against his victims, binding them with duct tape, taking their identification and committing other atrocities to keep them captive.
Jurors convicted Mustafa of sex trafficking, kidnaping, transporting women across state lines for prostitution, document servitude and enticement of a minor for sexual activity.
Mustafa and codefendant Kalandra Annette Wallace, 25, of Jonesboro, were indicted by a federal grand jury in May last year. Wallace pleaded guilty in October and testified against Mustafa.
Evidence at trial showed Mustafa and Wallace recruited and enticed young women via advertisements on Internet sites such as Craigslist and Backpage, luring them into prostitution across metro Atlanta. Many victims were physically assaulted and prevented from leaving hotels or apartments, and forced to engage in commercial sex acts, federal authorities said.
Prosecutors showed evidence that two victims were bound with duct tape and taken against their will to Homewood, Ala. for the purpose of having sex with men. Other victims were forced into sex and required to turn over all money to Mustafa and Wallace.
The sex trafficking, kidnaping and enticement of a minor charges each carry a maximum sentence of life in prison and fines of up to $250,000. Sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 19.
The case was investigated by the FBI and agencies across metro Atlanta, including Gwinnett police, officials said.