CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Federal prosecutors say a man convicted of running a sex trafficking operation that recruited women and girls as young as 16 years old into prostitution has been sentenced to life in prison.
A statement from the U.S. Department of Justice says the sentence for 33-year-old Shahid Hassan Muslim was handed down on Tuesday. A federal jury found Muslim guilty last August of multiple charges, including sex trafficking, kidnapping, production of child pornography, witness tampering and promoting a prostitution business enterprise.
The statement said evidence showed Muslim’s sex trafficking enterprise operated in Charlotte and other cities from at least 2010 until his arrest in November 2013. The evidence showed he advertised young women and girls for prostitution on the internet, demanded all of their proceeds and used violence to control them.