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Summerville man convicted of sex trafficking involving a minor

Daewon Warren{ }(Al Cannon Detention Center)

A Summerville man is facing up to life in prison after being convicted in federal court Monday on eight counts of sex trafficking charges, including one involving a minor.

Daewon Warren, 27, of Summerville, remains in jail at the Sheriff Al Cannon Detention Center awaiting sentencing after Monday's conviction. U.S. Attorney Beth Drake says Warren faces a 15-year minimum prison sentence, but also could be sentenced to life imprisonment.

Prosecutors say Warren and a co-defendant, Monique Lewis, participated in a conspiracy to commit sex trafficking in South Carolina, Georgia, and North Carolina.

They forced several young women, including one minor, into working as prostitutes, prosecutors say, Warren routinely assaulted the victims and withheld food from them to force them into engaging in commercial sex acts, say prosecutors.

Evidence also showed the defendants used the website Backpage.com to advertise sexual services throughout the Southeast, according to prosecutors.

Warren and Lewis, who pleaded guilty previously, were charged after an investigation by North Charleston Police and Homeland Security.

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