BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to forcing young women to work as prostitutes.
Travis Lamont Foote pleaded guilty in Maryland federal court Tuesday as part of a plea agreement.READ MORE: Maryland State House Will Be Reopen To Visitors Starting Friday
Under the agreement, the 31-year-old Foote pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion. In exchange, prosecutors dropped five charges, including interstate transportation for prostitution and coercion.READ MORE: Ocean City, Maryland Named Among 'Best Weekend Getaway' Towns In U.S.
Foote also must register as a sex offender after his release.
Prosecutors say that between September and November 2012, Foote used social media sites to trick troubled young women into working for him as prostitutes. In one case, they say he posed as a woman trying to help an 18-year-old high school dropout in Florida get her a diploma.MORE NEWS: WATCH LIVE: Gov. Larry Hogan Signing 226 Bills Into Maryland Law Tuesday, Including One Legalizing Sports Betting
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