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Julio Ramos sentenced to 15 years for prostituting minor

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - A Maryland man was sentenced Friday to more than 15 years in prison for prostituting a 15-year-old runaway as often as 25 times a day.

Julio Cesar Revolorio Ramos, 29, of Adelphi, Md., pleaded guilty to twice using the girl among a rotating roster of prostitutes he marketed to day laborers, prosecutors said.

Revolorio Ramos prostituted the teen runaway in 2009 and 2010, when she was 15 and 16 years old, respectively, according to prosecutors. He told the girl to charge $30 for 15 minutes of sex. He paid the girl $1,200 for a week's work.

Revolorio Ramos paid part of his proceeds to the MS-13 street gang, whose members have been prosecuted for sex trafficking in recent years. The sentence of 15 years and eight months was in line with that sought by federal prosecutors in Alexandria.

The defense attorney asked for a 10-year term.

U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia Neil MacBride, whose office prosecuted the case and has made a priority of trafficking cases, said Revolorio Ramos was a "member of a multi-state conspiracy that prostituted hundreds of women and girls for profit. ... (He) exploited a vulnerable 15-year-old girl and then discarded her when she was no longer needed."

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