GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) - A Greenville man and woman have each been sentenced to 12 years in prison for forcing a woman to have sex with up to 30 men a day.
Attorney General Alan Wilson announced that 38-year-old Colin H. Mendez and 40-year-old Denicia A. Lleydi were each convicted Monday on one count of trafficking in persons. The convictions are the first since the state passed a 2012 human-trafficking law that made it a felony to force a person to have sex for money.
Authorities arrested the couple in April 2013 after the victim escaped, telling police she had been held captive for about three months. The victim said that Mendez and Lleydi forced her to commit sex acts with as many as 100 men a week by threatening to harm her 2-year-old child.
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