- Associated Press - Friday, May 20, 2016

BOSTON (AP) - A federal court judge handed down a 30-year prison sentence to a man investigators say operated one of the most violent sex trafficking rings in Boston in the last decade.

Twenty-eight year old Raymond Jeffries was sentenced Thursday in Boston. Authorities say he ran a large-scale sex trafficking ring that forced teens and young women into prostitution through intimidation and preying on their vulnerabilities.

Authorities say at least 20 women - some teenagers - were forced into prostitution by Jeffries in a number of states from 2006 until May 2014.

Prosecutors say Jeffries also pleaded guilty to charges that he ordered a hit on a partner that he believed was cooperating with authorities. The victim survived.

Jeffries also has been ordered to undergo sex offender counseling.

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