A New Hampshire man will serve at least a decade behind bars for coercing several women into prostitution in the Manchester area.
Nathaniel Clarke was sentenced Monday to a term of 10 to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of trafficking in persons last week.
Assistant Hillsborough County Attorney Gregory Lenti says Clarke preyed on women addicted to drugs and he controlled their every move. Clarke used the addiction of seven women to force them into prostitution.
Prosecutors say Clarke also used threats of violence and routinely beat the women to serve as an example to the others.
The 37-year-old was arrested following an investigation by Manchester police in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security.