- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 3, 2015

SEATTLE (AP) - A King County man who was convicted of recruiting teen-age girls to work as prostitutes has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on sex trafficking charges.

U.S. Attorney Annette Hayes says a federal judge sentenced Nathan Bonds on Tuesday.

Bonds was found guilty at trial last year. According to records and testimony, Bonds befriended a 15-year-old girl outside a Kent store in 2013. He raped her and coerced her to work for him as a prostitute. He advertised her services on the website Backpage.com.

Hayes says he also recruited the girl’s 17-year-old friend and a homeless adult woman.

Ultimately, both teens returned to their families and law enforcement identified Bonds as a sex trafficker. Hayes says he was arrested and law enforcement recovered the computer and cell phone he used to conduct the prostitution business.

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