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March 05, 2016

Allentown man gets prison for 'vicous' sex trafficking scheme

Corderro Cody used violence, emotional abuse to coerce victims, prosecutors say

An Allentown man was sentenced to 30 years in prison Friday for running a 'vicious' sex trafficking scheme in which he inflicted repeated physical and emotional abuse on his victims, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday.

Corderro Cody, 28, allegedly ran his operation for five years, recruiting women to work as prostitutes in his "program." Cody kept most, if not all, of the money collected from his victims, prosecutors say, and even forced one woman to work for him when she was just 17 years old.

Advertising his victims online, Cody coerced the women to continue working for him through rape, violence and emotional abuse, according to authorities.

“Cody operated a vicious sex trafficking scheme, using brutal physical attacks and emotional abuse to compel his victims to continue selling their bodies for his profit,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, in a press release.

Cody pleaded guilty to counts related to sex trafficking in October 2015 after being hit with additional charges in May. In addition to the prison term, a federal judge has ordered 20 years of supervised release and a $1,500 special assessment.