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Tampa man admits keeping teens for prostitution

A 34-year-old Tampa man has pleaded guilty to keeping two teenage girls in a motel and making them work as prostitutes.

Naba Raheem Lewis pleaded guilty on Friday to coercion and enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity, according to a release from U.S. Attorney A. Lee Bentley III. Lewis faces a maximum penalty of life in federal prison. His sentencing date has not been scheduled. He was charged Dec. 13.

Tampa police got a 911 call on June 12 about a disturbance in a room at the Americas Best Value Inn & Suites, according to the release. Officers found two 16-year-old girls and a baby, and determined that Lewis met one of them online.

Lewis browsed the website, found the minor’s profile, and sent her a message saying he saw she had a child and he had a way she could make some money, according to the release.

Lewis subsequently obtained sexually explicit photos of the minor victim and her friend, according to the release, and used them to advertise for clients on the Internet.

Lewis also rented two rooms at the motel, one to sleep in and another for prostitution, the release said. Lewis took all of the money the minors earned.

The case was investigated by Tampa police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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