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A San Jose man accused of forcing a teenage girl into prostitution and attempting to do the same to another woman was sentenced Friday to more than nine years in prison, according to prosecutors. Chineda “Major Mac” Nwuzi, 28, was convicted earlier this year of felony counts of false imprisonment, criminal threats, pandering and human trafficking, according to a statement by the Santa Clara County district attorney’s office. Nwuzi was arrested in June of last year after he offered a ride to a transient woman from Waco, Texas and took her to a San Jose motel room for the night, prosecutors said.
In the morning, Nwuzi demanded money for the room, and when the woman responded that she didn’t have any, he ordered her to be a prostitute for him. At that point he had already posted an advertisement for her online and had set up a client in San Francisco. The woman refused and Nwuzi threatened and assaulted her, according to prosecutors. When she had an opportunity, she fled from the room and asked the motel staff to call 911. Police arrived and arrested Nwuzi. Investigators examined Nwuzi’s computer and found further evidence of prostitution and explicit photos that led them to a 17-year-old girl from a group home that Nwuzi was actively exploiting as a prostitute, according to prosecutors.
“These men are master manipulators,” San Jose police Detective Jeremy Martinez said in a statement. “With some of these women, they truly believe the traffickers were their boyfriends. The women are seeking love. The men are seeking money.” The victims in the case were assisted by the South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking, which provides shelter, food and counseling. The coalition also assisted in raising funds for the Texas woman to return home. Cases of human trafficking can be reported to theNational Human Trafficking hotline at (888) 373-7888 or the San Jose police Human Trafficking Task Force at (408) 537-1999.
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