Crime

Auburn man accused of forcing 2 women into prostitution

An Auburn man accused of human trafficking was indicted Thursday by a federal grand jury.

John Henry Cyprian Jr., known as Lucky, was arrested in June for allegedly forcing two women into prostitution in Western Washington and Portland.

Cyprian, 33, was indicted on two counts of sex trafficking through force, fraud and coercion, and two counts of transportation for the purpose of prostitution through coercion and enticement.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office:

Cyprian rented hotel rooms in the greater Seattle area, where he forced the women to work as prostitutes between April 2013 and his arrest in June at the Auburn condo he rented.

He posted ads for the women on Backpage.com and other websites, and allegedly used beatings and threats to control the women, making them give him the money they earned at the hotels.

Cyprian forced them to work in SeaTac, Bellevue, Mountlake Terrace and Portland.

He will be transferred from state to federal custody and will be arraigned in about two weeks, officials said.

If convicted of the sex trafficking charges, he would face a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years and up to life in prison, and at least five years and up to life of supervised release.

Transportation for prostitution is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and up to three years of supervised release.

Bellevue and Mountlake Terrance police investigated the case, along with the FBI.

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