Federal prosecutors say a 24-year-old gang member and "Internet pimp" was sentenced to 14 years in prison.
US Attorney Bill Nettles said Joshua "Metro" Kitt of Columbia, SC was sentenced in federal court after pleading guilty in to conspiracy to commit racketeering.
Evidence presented established that Kitt was beat into the Bloods street gang when he was 14-years-old. Prosecutors say after Kitt became a gang member, he participated in trafficking, robberies and interstate prostitution of minors.
According to authorities, the driving force behinds Kitt's sentence was his participation in an online prostitution ring orchestrated by members of the Bloods gang.
Authorities say gang members recruited women, some of whom were under the age of 18, for the purpose of "posting" them on an online Internet site.
Court documents state the gang members would then act as "pimps" by managing the girls' profits and also providing security for the girls while they met with "johns" or customers who purchased time with the women online.
According to the pleadings and based on evidence at Kitt's change of plea and sentencing hearings, Kitt conspired with several other gang members to engage in this type of Internet prostitution and in at least one instance, Kitt and his fellow gang members, employed a minor as a prostitute.
Kitt also admitted to committing acts of drug trafficking and robbery on behalf of, and for the benefit of, himself and other members and associates of the Bloods Street Gang.
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