A Massachusetts man convicted of trafficking a woman into sexual servitude will serve seven to 10 years in prison.
Fall River Superior Court Judge Renee Dupuis agreed with prosecutors that 33-year-old Peterson Raymond of Taunton should serve a longer prison term than the five-year sentence mandated by a 2011 human trafficking statute. The Taunton Gazette reports Raymond was found guilty after a week-long trial.
Prosecutors say Raymond forced the victim to engage in sex with men both at Raymond’s apartment and at other locations.
Raymond’s attorney had argued for a sentence of three and a half to five years, noting that Raymond had no prior record, but the judge rejected the argument.
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