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Man sentenced for sex trafficking, waited by shelters to find victims

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A Rochester man was sentenced Thursday to 25 years in prison for sex trafficking. Prosecutors say he waited outside women’s shelters and the Department of Social Services to find victims. 

Stephen Jones, 30, promised the women money and drugs, and sometimes threatened them with violence.

Jones worked with two other people to get vulnerable girls and women to commit acts of prostitution. Some victims were also located through social media contact.

The victims were taken to Buffalo, Syracuse, Albany, Utica and New Jersey to perform sex acts. Prosecutors say at times, the victims saw ten clients a day. Jones kept the money from the victims and limited how often they could communicate with family members.

There were two adult victims and seven underage girls who took part. This went on between 2011 and 2014.

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