PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A 30-year-old Philadelphia man was sentenced to 30 years in prison for sex trafficking minors and adults by force.
Jerel Jackson pleaded guilty to five counts of sex trafficking charges in March 2015. Prosecutors had alleged that Jackson forced two women and a minor girl into prostitution after first dating them when he was arrested back in 2o13. The FBI had contended that he operated the prostitution business out of local hotels and also posted nude photos of the women online.
Jackson was initially charged with three counts of sex trafficking by force and faced at least 15 years in prison. He ended up getting double that at his sentencing on Thursday.
In addition to his prison term, US District Court Judge C. Darnell Jones ordered five years of supervised release when he gets out and a $500 special assessment.
According to the US Attorney’s Office, a special restitution hearing will also be held at a later date.