Michael Gemma, 30, faces a minimum of 15 years in federal prison following his conviction this week on charges of using force, fraud and coercion to cause a minor to engage in prostitution and transporting a minor across state lines for the purpose of prostitution, the US Attorney's office in Boston reports.
Gemma's arrest stemmed from a routine traffic stop in 2001 - he was caught speeding by a Massachusetts state trooper, who was curious about the 16-year-old girl in the car with him.
During the trial, the jury heard testimony from the trafficking victim who testified about how the defendant and another pimp took suggestive pictures of her which they used in advertisements that offered sex with her for a fee. Gemma posted those advertisements on various Internet sites including Backpage.com. Gemma and another pimp drove the minor victim and other young women to motels in Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey, where they were prostituted. The victim testified how Gemma and the other pimps would control the prostitutes by threatening them and, at times, beating them.
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