Photo via Wikimedia Commons.
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A Long Beach man convicted in a human trafficking case in which a young woman was tattooed with his moniker and raped was sentenced Thursday to more than 47 years to life in state prison.

Superior Court Judge Tomson Ong also ordered Lebrette Stacey Winn, 23, to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Winn was convicted Aug. 8 of two counts each of pimping and pandering by procuring and one count each of human trafficking to commit another crime, sodomy by use of force, forcible rape, aggravated mayhem and kidnapping.

Co-defendant Eric James Avery, 25, of Long Beach, was convicted of one felony count each of pimping a minor 16 years of age or older and human trafficking of a minor for a sex act. Jurors also found true a gang allegation against Avery, who is set to be sentenced Oct. 17.

Winn and Avery were arrested in May 2013 after two young women escaped from a locked car and told a good Samaritan they had been kidnapped and forced into prostitution.

A 20-year-old woman told police she met Winn in January 2013, when he persuaded her to work as a prostitute, then raped her, authorities said. The young woman ran away after some time on the street, but Winn tracked her down and forced her back into work as a prostitute, authorities said.

Winn had his pimp moniker and a dollar sign tattooed on the woman’s forehead to punish her for wanting to go home and to show that she was his property, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

The other woman, who was 18, told police she worked as a prostitute after meeting Winn in November 2012, but later quit the trade, she told police.

Winn duped her into meeting him May 15, 2013, then threatened her, forced her into a car, picked up the 20-year-old woman and drove to a mall, where he left the two women inside the vehicle, authorities said

Avery was a passenger when police pulled over Winn to arrest him. Officers found an Inglewood hotel key in Avery’s pocket that led them to a 16- year-old girl, who said she had been working as a prostitute for him, authorities said.

Avery is set to be sentenced Oct. 17.

City News Service

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