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Va. Teen Prostitution Gang Leader Gets 40 Years

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (CBSDC/AP) — A gang leader who ran a teen prostitution ring that aggressively recruited high-school girls and took them door to door to solicit sex throughout northern Virginia has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Twenty-seven-year-old Justin Strom of Lorton was a member of the Underground Gangster Crips and is the last of five members to be sentenced in federal court in Alexandria for his role in the operation.

Strom’s 40-year term was the most of any defendant but less than the life term sought by prosecutors.

Authorities say the gang members recruited girls ranging from 16 to 18 years old on social media sites and enticed them to use their good looks to earn money through prostitution.

Many of the girls were allegedly provided with illegal drugs and alcohol and required engage in sexual activities with gang members before working as prostitutes.

In some instances, f the girls tried to leave they were threatened with violence. One victim who tried to leave was allegedly held at knife point and raped by Strom who later forced her to have sex with 14 other men. Strom, who goes by the street names “Jae” or “J-Dirt,” was given approximately $1,000 from the men in exchange for the sex acts.

Authorities say at least 10 high school girls have been identified as potential victims since the investigation began last November.

Strom’s lawyer said his client is “overwhelmed with feelings of guilt.”

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