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Friday, April 20, 2012

Bay Area Sex Trafficker Sentenced to 9 Years in Prison

Posted By on Fri, Apr 20, 2012 at 8:20 AM

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Mahendar "Mike" Singh was sentenced to nine years in prison this week for trafficking teens, including minors, and forcing them to provide sex acts in exchange for money and drugs.

Singh, 40, pleaded guilty on Jan. 11 to sex-trafficking conspiracy. At that time, Singh admitted that he and his wife, Helen Jean Singh, 22, conspired to operate a prostitution enterprise between spring 2011 and August 2011 in Sacramento County and multiple Bay Area counties.

Mahendar Singh admitted that he and his wife were able to maintain their victims' services by giving them money, clothing, and drugs. They would also promise them a family-like environment, and use physical force.

The couple used websites to advertise the teens, and would text-message customers to make arrangements. The couple was arrested on Aug. 20, 2011, after the South San Francisco Police responded to a motel near the airport and found Mahendar Singh with a 19-year-old girl and two 16-year-old girls.

"Sex trafficking is a blight

on our communities and, unfortunately, today's technology makes it

possible for modern-day pimps to spread this blight far and wide,"

United States Attorney Melinda Haag said. "My office will continue to work

closely with local, state, and federal law enforcement authorities to

help bring an end to sex trafficking and to help ensure that the

perpetrators of this criminal activity are brought to justice."

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