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Sacramento man sentenced to 35 years in prison for sex trafficking

A Sacramento man who, authorities say, targeted vulnerable young women and underage girls to work as prostitutes, has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for sex trafficking.

U.S. District Judge Troy L. Nunley on Thursday sentenced Percy Love III, 34, for five counts of sex trafficking related to multiple victims, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office news release. Following an 11-day trial, a federal jury in December found Love guilty of sex trafficking by force and sex trafficking of a minor.

Authorities said the testimony of witnesses, including the victims, during the trial revealed that Love used charm to recruit and brute force to control the women and girls who worked for him.

According to court documents, on July 22, 2013, Sacramento police officers responded to a report of domestic violence and found Love asleep in the front seat of a car with a woman, whose sister had called in the report. The woman told officers that she was in a “working relationship” with Love. She reported that Love had beaten her many times, and she had bruises and cigarette burns on he hand, arm and stomach. Love was arrested that night for domestic violence and possession of Ecstasy.

On Sept. 12, 2013, a federal grand jury indicted Love, charging him with two counts of sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion. After further investigation revealed more victims, a superseding indictment was brought on March 13, 2014.

Love has been in custody since his arrest and represented himself during the trial.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy