- Associated Press - Thursday, October 12, 2017

MAYS LANDING, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey man who admitted to forcing women into prostitution will spend 10 years in prison.

NJ.com reports 47-year-old Marcus Tukes was sentenced Wednesday in Mays Landing after pleading guilty to human trafficking. Other charges, including cocaine possession, were dropped as part of a plea agreement.

The Bridgeton man was arrested last year at the Knight’s Inn motel in Absecon, just outside Atlantic City. The arrest followed a probe by the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force.

Tukes had previously been convicted of promoting prostitution and drug dealing.

Atlantic County assistant prosecutor Cary Shill described Tukes as a “predator” who “made a career of perpetuating human slavery through prostitution.”

Sentencing has been scheduled for Nov. 17.

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Information from: NJ Advance Media.

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