Atlanta man sentenced to life for forcing girlfriend into prostitution

A man accused of forcing a woman into prostitution was convicted Monday, officials say.

Shavon Presoctt, 43, was convicted of pimping, false imprisonment, human trafficking and related charges, according to a release from the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office.

Prescott met and dated his girlfriend for a month in 2013 before creating more than 45 ads on backpage.com to advertise her for sex.

The victim was forced into prostitution for more than four months in a residential neighborhood in Union City, according to the release.

Prescott, who also goes by “Jehova Israel,” forced the 20-year-old woman to perform sexual acts for him and other men. He would beat, strangle and threaten to kill her or her family if she refused, according the release. Days before the woman escaped, Prescott spit, kicked, punched and pistol-whipped her.

The victim escaped when Prescott allowed her to use the restroom while he took a shower, fleeing to a neighbor’s house for help.

A 17-year-old victim of Prescott testified at the trial.

Prescott was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences plus 113 years in prison.

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