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Summerville man convicted of sex trafficking in the Southeast

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A Summerville man was convicted of sex trafficking throughout much of the Southeast.

According to a news release from U.S. Attorney for the District of South Carolina Beth Drake, evidence presented at trial showed that Daewon Warren, 27, of Summerville, and his co-defendent, Monique Lewis, participated in a conspiracy to commit sex trafficking in South Carolina, Georgia, and North Carolina.

Officials say Warren and Lewis coerced several young woman, including one minor, into working as prostitutes.

Evidence showed that Warren routinely assaulted the victims and withheld food from them to coerce them into commercial sex acts, the release said.

Authorities said evidence also showed that Warren and Lewis used Backpage.com to advertise sexual services throughout the Southeast.

Lewis pleaded guilty to related charges prior to the trial, according to Drake.

At trial, Warren was found guilty in federal court in Charleston for sex trafficking a minor and seven other charges related to sex trafficking.

Due to the nature of the charges, Warren faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in prison and maximum of life imprisonment, court officials said.

Drake commended Charleston authorities for their efforts to stop human trafficking.

“The pimps who run girls and young women for their own profit are preying on some of our most vulnerable. The City of North Charleston’s Human Trafficking Unit and ICE - Homeland Security Investigations did some great work investigating this case. It is the second conviction of human traffickers working out of North Charleston by trial in federal court in the last 8 months. Between the two cases, 12 human traffickers have been successfully prosecuted through the partnership of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and these agencies,” said Drake.

The case was jointly investigated by the North Charleston Police Department's Human Trafficking Unit and ICE - Homeland Security Investigations.

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