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Everett man sentenced for human trafficking in connection with Kent prostitution case

A U.S. District Court judge April 30 in Seattle sentenced a 28-year-old Everett man to six years, five months in prison for human trafficking in connection with forcing a woman to work as prostitute in 2007 and 2008 along Pacific Highway South in Kent and Des Moines.

Marquin Thompson pleaded guilty in January to forcing a then 19-year-old woman into prostitution after the woman had become estranged from her family, according to a U.S. Attorney's Office media release. She has since been reunited with her family.

U.S. District Judge John C. Coughenour imposed the sentence.

Thompson also took the woman to Arizona and California where he forced her to work as a prostitute.

According to records filed in the case, between September 2007 and January 2008, Thompson forced the woman to work for him as a prostitute along Pacific Highway South.

He controlled the woman with threats of violence. She was expected to make hundreds of dollars each day and required to turn over all of her earnings to Thompson.

The case was investigated by the Everett Police Department and the FBI.

In a sentencing memo, Ye-Ting Woo, an assistant U.S. attorney, wrote that Thompson had exploited other women as well. She said Thompson was convicted of supervision of a prostitute in 2006 in California.

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