- Associated Press - Friday, May 5, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - The leader of a Philadelphia prostitution ring who forced drug addicts to work as prostitutes will spend at least 37 years in prison.

Philly.com reports (https://bit.ly/2qHGHxY) that 41-year-old John Guerra, of Philadelphia, was found guilty of 13 charges including human trafficking and sexual exploitation of a minor Thursday. Guerra was sentenced to 37 to 74 years in prison.

State Senior Deputy Attorney General Heather Castellino says Guerra ran the prostitution ring out of several motels in Philadelphia from 2008 to 2010. Castellino says Guerra recruited young drug-addicted women who he then sexually exploited, raped and physically abused.

Guerra was a fugitive for four years after the ring was busted in 2010.

Three other members of the ring previously pleaded guilty in the case.

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Information from: Philly.com, https://www.philly.com/

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