Tacoma Pimp Sentenced to 15 Years for Forcing Women into Prostitution

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SEATTLE -- A 35-year-old Tacoma, Washington pimp who exercised violent control over the women he coerced to work for him as prostitues was sentenced last week to 15 years in prison, federal officials stated.

Reginald Irvin this week pleaded guilty in 2012 to interstate transportation of an individual for prostitution, authorities stated.

According to records, Irvin controlled the women with a harsh list of rules including requiring the women to give him all money made from prostitution activities and not being allowed to leave the house on their own.

When victims broke Irvin's rules, federal authorities stated that the punishment included beatings, anal rape, being forced to strip naked and stand in the corner, being tied to the bed, and psychological and emotional abuse.

Women working for Irvin witnessed him beating other women and became fearful of leaving him or disobeying his orders, federal prosecutors stated.

In asking for a 15-year sentence, prosecutors wrote to the court, "Unquestionably, Irvin is a predator who has a long history of assaulting and exploiting young women....[H]e treated the victims herein like chattel, beating and belittling them into servitude. His history and characteristics demonstrate an individual who is a menace and danger to society."

The case was investigated by the Tacoma Police Department, Lakewood Police Department, and the FBI's Innocence Lost Task Force.



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