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A New York man has been sentenced to 3-10 years in prison for operating a human trafficking operation in Oakland and Macomb counties, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette said.

Earlier this month, Jonathon Colon, of Bronx, New York, pleaded guilty to running an online escort operation in Michigan, Schuette said Friday in a statement. He was sentenced Thursday in Oakland County Circuit Court.

“The sad reality is human trafficking happens every day in Michigan,” said Schuette. “(Thursday’s) sentencing takes one more trafficker off the streets but our work is not finished.”

Colon was charged with multiple felonies in November 2016 after authorities began investigating allegations of multiple incidents of sex trafficking in Metro Detroit against him, Schuette said.

Police discovered Colon was running an online escort operation in which he forced two women to work as prostitutes at Detroit-area hotels, officials said.

Colon kept the money customers paid the victims for sex acts, Schuette said. Colon also provided the women with drugs, he said.

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