ATLANTA -- A Stone Mountain man has been sentenced to life in prison for operating a trafficking ring and sexually abusing women.
Soloman Manasseh Mustafa, 38, was convicted in July of trafficking, kidnapping, prostituting women and enticing a minor. His sentence was handed down Wednesday, according to U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.
A co-defendant, 25-year-old Kalandra Wallace of Jonesboro, pleaded guilty last October and was sentenced to five years in prison.
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Yates said Mustafa and Wallace recruited women to work as prostitutes through ads posted on websites like Craigslist and Backpage.com. They abused the women by taking their identification, assaulting them, forcing them to have sex and, in one instance, binding two women with duct tape and locking them in a closet.
"This defendant brutally assaulted young women and forced them into acts of prostitution in three states," Yates said of Mustafa. "Many of the victims were beaten, raped, handcuffed and forced to snort cocaine by the defendant and his co-conspirator."
Yates also said Mustafa was found guilty of texting a girl he believed to be 14 years old and convincing her to run away from home and become his "sex slave." Shortly after picking up the girl at her home, he let her go in a nearby subdivision.
"Today's sentence demonstrates that sex traffickers will pay a heavy price for victimizing young women," Yates said in a statement.