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Man gets 30 years prison for forcing teens into prostitution after promising them a rich lifestyle

By Mason White 11:28 AM April 2, 2014
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By: Aarav Sen
(Scroll down for video) Paul Edward Bell is every parent’s nightmare.

Bell lured girls from high schools in California, and then forced them into prostitution.

Bell was accused of being the ringleader of the Lynwood gang, that lured young girls with the promise of giving them a lavish lifestyle. Bell became their pimp.

Bell pleaded guilty to charges of sex trafficking. Federal authorities said he held seven teenage girls captive after promising them a good life.

Bell was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for sex trafficking. Bell used other female prostitutes to recruit girls between the ages of 15 and 17, from high schools in Riverside and Moreno Valley, authorities said.

The girls worked as prostitutes in Compton, and lived in motels on Long Beach Boulevard. If they have not made enough money or deliver the money as expected, they were verbally and physically abused, prosecutors said.

Bell put a gun to the head of one girl and locked two girls inside his apartment. He hit the girls with his fists, a stick and a shoe. He also pepper sprayed a girl in the face, prosecutors wrote.

“The physical and mental abuse, and anguish suffered by the victims at the hands of the defendant, will have a profound effect on the victims and their families,” prosecutors said.

A federal grand jury indicted Bell and seven others, all of whom have already pleaded guilty. FBI agents said that Bell was the ringleader.