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Long Beach man accused of running sex trafficking ring

A Long Beach man accused of using Craigslist and other websites to find women to lure into a lucrative prostitution ring has been arraigned in federal court on charges of sex trafficking, authorities said.

Authorities believe 36-year-old Roshaun "Kevin" Nakia Porter was forcing at least five young women into prostitution in Orange County, according to KTLA-TV. Santa Ana police say Porter would meet the women on Craigslist or other sites.

The women say they responded to Porter's ads and thought they were entering into a monogamous relationship with him. The women said after Porter maintained a romantic relationship with them, he forced them to work as prostitutes.

"Then it moved into where he was taking pictures of them, getting information about their families," said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna of the Santa Ana Police Department. "Then he became physically violent with them and started telling them basically what they were doing."

Police say Porter forced the women to stay at a hotel off the 55 Freeway. He would send them to a hotel in the middle of a business district in Santa Ana to meet with high-end clientele, KTLA-TV reported.

Authorities say Porter would charge $100 for 15 minutes and $300 for an hour. If the girls tried to leave, Porter would "physically assault them, threaten them with having pictures sent to family, family members being injured," Bertagna said.

Authorities say their investigation led them to the high-priced hookers through advertisements on BackPage.com, which also is how clients found them.

"They made an arrangement to meet a female [at a hotel], and that's where they made the first arrest," Bertagna said. "That led them to another arrest that night, and then five of the victims."

Detectives arrested Porter, and then brought in the FBI to handle it as a human trafficking case. Porter is being held without bail and is due back in court June 19. He was arraigned this week and faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison.

Investigators believe there may be other victims. Anyone with information may contact the FBI at (310) 477-6565 or the Santa Ana Police Department at (714) 245-8501.

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-- KTLA-TV

 
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