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    Release No. 07-045

    March 27, 2007

    SAN DIEGO COUNTY MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO SEX TRAFFICKING OF MINORS FOR FORCING THEM TO WORK AS PROSTITUTES

    An Oceanside man pleaded guilty this morning to two federal charges of sex trafficking children by force, admitting that he forced two teen-age girls to work as prostitutes.

    Luther Gene Ray Jr., 23, pleaded guilty to the two felony counts this morning before United States District Judge Edward Rafeedie in Los Angeles. Pursuant to a plea agreement, Ray is expected to receive a sentence of 100 months in federal prison.

    In a plea agreement and in court today, Ray admitted that he was a pimp to two minor girls in May 2004, and that he had them work for him as prostitutes in Los Angeles and Orange counties, as well as in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ray required the girls to engage in commercial sex acts and to give him all of the money they earned. Ray used coercive methods to ensure that the girls would perform sex acts in exchange for money. Ray kept a close watch over the girls while they worked as prostitutes and made them believe that if they disobeyed him or broke one of his rules, he would physically harm them.
    Ray is scheduled to be sentenced on June 18, 2007.

    This is the second prosecution of child sex trafficking brought by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the past 6 months.

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    Release No. 07-045
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