- Associated Press - Friday, May 27, 2016

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Three New Jersey men and another from South Carolina have been sentenced to state prison after pleading guilty to human trafficking charges involving a 14-year-old girl allegedly forced into prostitution.

Michael McLeod, a 25-year-old Jersey City man who led the ring, was sentenced to 18 years after pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit human trafficking and facilitation of human trafficking.

Tyree Jeter and David Powell, both of Jersey City, were sentenced to six years in prison. Demetrius Hayward, of Summerville, South Carolina, was sentenced to five years in state prison.

Authorities say McLeod used threats and violence to force the girl and an 18-year-old woman to work as prostitutes. The two each had sex with up to 10 men per day, with all the money going to McLeod.

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