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January 29, 2014 at 5:09 PM

Seattle gang member indicted in sex trafficking case

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Desmond Manago (State Department of Corrections photo)

A gang member who served prison time in 2009 for pimping girls has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges that he engaged in sex trafficking and transporting a victim for purposes of prostitution.

Desmond Manago, 25, allegedly forced and coerced a woman into engaging in prostitution, according to the the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle. Manago is accused of taking the woman to Idaho, Colorado, Arizona, California and other states to work as a prostitute, federal prosecutors said.

If convicted, Manago faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years and up to life in prison.

In 2009, Manago was prosecuted as part of a state and federal investigation into the West Side Street Mobb. The gang was involved in prostitution and bank fraud, authorities said.

In August 2009, Manago denied being a gang member but pleaded guilty to promoting prostitution.

“All of my money comes from pimping, selling drugs or hustling,” Manago said in King County Superior Court documents filed in connection with the 2009 case.

Manago was released from state prison in December 2010. Since then he’s been arrested several times, authorities said. Manago was arrested on Oct. 3, in connection with outstanding warrants, and was turned over to federal authorities.

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