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Vancouver man gets nearly 6 years in prison for sex trafficking

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Published: January 26, 2018, 7:43pm

PORTLAND — A 36-year-old man has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison for underage sex trafficking.

Washington County Circuit Court Judge Oscar Garcia sentenced Ahmed Turay Jr. on Thursday, according the The Oregonian.

Turay was arrested in September after authorities arranged a “date” with the 17-year-old Washington girl featured in online prostitution ads on backpage.com.

The Washington County District Attorney’s office said that on Sept. 6 undercover officers were waiting when the girl arrived at the arranged time and place in a Mercedes Benz driven by Turay.

Police interviewed her and confirmed she was there for prostitution. She told police that Turay was keeping the money she made and estimated she had made $15,000 to $20,000 over the summer through prostitution activity with Turay.

Turay said at sentencing that he had been “attacked” by the state, and attempted to argue with the judge as the sentence was imposed.

According to The Columbian archives, Turay was sentenced Aug. 31, 2016, in Clark County Superior Court to 14 months in prison for second-degree assault with a deadly weapon stemming from a Jan. 15, 2016, incident in Vancouver.

He also unsuccessfully sued the Clark County Jail in the same year in U.S. District Court in Tacoma for allegedly violating his constitutional rights, court records show.

Columbian reporter Jessica Prokop contributed to this report.

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