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A Long Beach pimp was sentenced Friday to 20 years in federal prison for a sex trafficking ring that victimized multiple prostitutes.

Roshaun Nakia Porter, 39, also was ordered by U.S. District Judge Josephine L. Staton to pay $866,244 in restitution to 10 victims, according to Thom Mrozek of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The defendant will be on supervised release for 10 years when he gets out of federal prison.

“For a period of almost two years, Porter engaged in calculated profiteering by enslaving and prostituting his victims,” federal prosecutors wrote in court papers.

Porter pleaded guilty in July 2014 to conspiracy to commit sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion.

Co-defendant Marquis Monte Horn, 40, of Long Beach, was sentenced to 78 months in prison in October. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit sex trafficking. Horn was ordered by pay $69,719 in restitution to a single victim.

Porter’s attorney, Kate Corrigan, argued for less time behind bars.

“My client expressed his remorse for his conduct and the impact of his conduct on the victims in this case,” Corrgian told City News Service. “He was hopeful that the (judge) would sentence him to a period of incarceration far shorter than imposed. We argued that a sentence of anything close to 20 years caused a disparity in sentencing when compared to other cases, and that a lower sentence would be fairer in light of other sentences imposed in other cases.”

City News Service

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