Federal prosecutors: 2 sentenced for coercing 17-year-old girl into prostitution in Atlanta


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ATLANTA — Federal prosecutors in Atlanta say two people have been sentenced in a sex trafficking case involving a 17-year-old west African girl.

Authorities said Monday that 44-year-old Steven E. Thompson was sentenced to 25 years in prison on several charges including sex trafficking of a minor by threats of force, fraud and coercion. Thompson's 30-year-old accomplice Tierra Waters was convicted of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking and has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Authorities say the girl had lived in a temporary shelter and her grandmother who had custody of her left the country. Prosecutors say the girl was looking for a place to live and the two coerced her into prostitution.

Authorities say the two advertised the girl online as being 19 or 20 and from Sierra Leone.

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