By Kathy Jefcoats
JONESBORO — A former Ellenwood resident has been sentenced to life in a federal prison for operating a sex trafficking ring in the metro Atlanta area, authorities said.
U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said Wednesday that Soloman Manasseh Mustafa, 38, of Stone Mountain was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Charles A. Pannell Jr.
Mustafa was convicted on charges of sex trafficking, kidnapping, transporting women across state lines for prostitution, document servitude and enticement of a minor for sexual activity following an eight-day trial in July.
Yates said Mustafa was known for committing violent sexual acts against his victims, binding them with duct tape, taking their identification and committing other atrocities in order to hold them captive.
“This defendant brutally assaulted young women to force them into acts of prostitution in three states," said Yates. "While all of the victims managed to escape from the defendant, many were beaten, raped, handcuffed and forced to snort cocaine by the defendant and his co-conspirator. Now he faces a lengthy sentence in federal prison.”
His co-conspirator, Kalandra Annette Wallace, 25, of Jonesboro pleaded guilty Oct. 11 and was sentenced to five years in federal prison. Wallace testified against him.
Yates said Mustafa and Wallace recruited and enticed young women through advertisements on Internet sites such as craigslist.com and backpage.com, luring them into prostitution in the metro Atlanta. Mustafa and Wallace physically assaulted many of the victims, preventing them from leaving hotels or apartments and forcing them to engage in commercial sex acts, she said.
Mustafa was charged with false imprisonment and rape in a May 2010 Clayton County case, according to court documents. The alleged victim told police she answered an ad on craigslist.com to audition for an assignment on a prostitution team, with all expenses paid for two weeks. The woman said Mustafa took her to his Ellenwood apartment, handcuffed her and raped and sodomized her.
The woman said she escaped with the handcuffs still on and climbed out a second-story window to get away.
A female witness also told police she assisted Mustafa in the assault because he is a violent person and she feared he would do the same to her if she did not comply.
Mustafa was arrested in Holly Springs when a 13-year-old girl agreed through text messages to become his sex slave for him and an associate, court documents show.
Wallace has legal issues of her own, according to Clayton State Court records. She pleaded no contest in 2009 to giving a false name to officers and contributing to the delinquency of a minor and was sentenced to probation.