Columbia man sentenced to 17 years in human trafficking case

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COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) - A Columbia man has pleaded guilty in a human trafficking investigation.

Trevonta Matthews, 24, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit human trafficking, four counts of human trafficking and four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

A judge sentenced Matthews to 17 years in prison and must register as a sex offender once released from prison.

The investigation into Matthews started September 10, 2014 after a 15-year-old runaway told authorities she was being forced to have sex with men for money and if she didn't obey she would be reported to DJJ.

The victim identified Matthews as the prime suspect during a lineup.

A second runaway reported in July of 2015 that she was forced to have sex with men for money and that the money she made she was handing over to Matthews.

Four other minors were also identified and victims and it was learned that from prison, Matthews was forcing victims to have sex to post his bond.

Five other people were also charged in the investigation.

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