Man who forced girls into prostitution sentenced
August 18, 2015
A 34-year-old man who forced two teenage girls into prostitution in Fresno and San Luis Obispo received a federal prison sentence of more than 12.5 years.
Fresno resident Michael Anthony Andrade was one of two men who pleaded guilty to sex trafficking charges in the case. Andrade’s co-defendant, Javier Solis, is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 24, according to a Justice Department news release.
Andrade and Solis forced a 15-year-old girl and a 17-year-old girl to work as prostitutes and use illegal drugs, according to the San Luis Obispo Police Department. SLO officers rescued the 15-year-old girl from a San Luis Obispo hotel and helped Fresno police and the FBI track down Solis and Andrade.
The 17-year-old girl escaped prostitution and spoke with Fresno police in Oct. 2013. Fresno police then told SLOPD that the 15-year-old was still at the motel.
Prior to being rescued, the 15-year-old was also forced to go to a tattoo parlor in Fresno and have the defendants’ nicknames tattooed on her shoulders.
Andrade and Solis were arrested in Fresno in Dec. 2013.
Following Andrade’s sentencing, San Luis Obispo County District Attorney Dan Dow issued a statement about the case.
“Collaboration, such as occurred here between federal, state and local agencies, is the key to stopping human trafficking,” Dow said. “We are pleased with the guilty pleas and the message that this tough sentence sends to anyone involved in sex trafficking of minors.”
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