Texas Men Sentenced For Sex Trafficking; One Victim Was Branded

HOUSTON (January 8, 2013)--Three Houston men have been sentenced to eight-year prison terms for their roles in a sex trafficking ring in which a victim was branded with a panther image to mark her as property.

Andre McDaniels, 42, Jamine Lake, 30, and Ronnie Presley, 38, were sentenced after earlier pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit sex trafficking, prosecutors in Houston said.

All three were also convicted of transportation, coercion and enticement counts related to sex businesses often disguised as modeling studios and health spas.

McDaniels was also convicted of nine counts of witness tampering.

He faces as much as life in prison when he's sentenced in March.

Prosecutors say one victim testified that a gun was put in her mouth and that she was branded on her back with a black panther image.

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