A Fresno man was sentenced to more than 12 years in federal prison on sex trafficking charges for forcing two teenage girls to prostitute themselves.
Michael Anthony Andrade, 34, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Anthony W. Ishii. His co-defendant, Javier Solis, is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 24.
Authorities said the men forced the girls, 15 and 17, to perform sexual acts against their will in Fresno and San Luis Obispo in 2013. The 15-year-old girl was also taken to a tattoo parlor in Fresno, where the defendants’ nicknames were tattooed on her, one name on each shoulder.
The 17-year-old, who was a runaway, spoke with Fresno police in October 2013 after her mother brought her home from San Luis Obispo. During the interview, the girl told police about the younger girl, who was still in San Luis Obispo at a motel.
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Fresno police contacted the San Luis Obispo Police Department, who picked up the girl at the motel.
Both men pleaded guilty to sex trafficking charges in May.