Tacoma man sentenced to federal prison for sex trafficking

Staff writerApril 29, 2013 

A Tacoma man convicted of being a violent pimp has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison.

Reginald Irvin, 35, previously pleaded guilty to interstate transportation of an individual for prostitution and conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking.

Authorities said Irvin coerced women to work as prostitutes and ruled over them with an iron hand, taking all the proceeds they made and raping, beating or humiliating them if they stepped out of line.

“Unquestionably Irvin is a predator who has a long history of assaulting and exploiting young women … (H)e treated the victims herein like chattel, beating and belittling them into servitude. His history and characteristics demonstrate an individual who is a menace and danger to society,” federal prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memorandum.

The case was investigated by the Tacoma Police Department, Lakewood Police Department and the FBI’s Innocence Lost Task Force.

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