Bradenton man convicted of using drugs and violence to force women into prostitution

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A Bradenton man who forced women to prostitute themselves in exchange for drugs has been convicted on multiple charges and faces a prison sentence of up to 120 years, according to the State Attorney’s Office. Throughout 2017, Juan Cruz, Jr. met women who were addicted to heroin and convinced them to stay with him using offers of food, shelter and free drugs, the state says. After a few days passed, Cruz would tell the victims that they owed him for what he had provided.

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