- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 4, 2016

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The U.S. Justice Department says a Tennessee man who pleaded guilty in a human trafficking case has been sentenced to 24½ years in prison by a federal judge in New Orleans.

Court records show 27-year-old Granville Robinson of Memphis was sentenced Wednesday in a case involving a sex trafficking scheme at a New Orleans motel. Prosecutors said Robinson used force and threats to get women to engage in prostitution.

Robinson pleaded guilty in February to two counts involving sex trafficking. Six others also have pleaded guilty in the case.

New Orleans-based U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite (poh-LEET’) says that Robinson was the most violent of the seven people convicted. Polite says Robinson regularly used physical violence to coerce victims, including a pregnant woman, into prostitution.

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