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Prosecutor: Internet pimp gets 14 years

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Joshua Kitt (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center) Joshua Kitt (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

A man authorities say was beaten into the Bloods street gang when he was a young teenager has been sentenced to 14 years in federal prison for racketeering.

Joshua "Metro" Kitt, 24, pleaded guilty to the charge in April and received his sentence Monday in federal court in Columbia.

United States Attorney Bill Nettles said evidence presented at the change of plea and sentencing hearings established that Kitt was beaten into the Bloods street gang when he was only 14 years old. 

The evidence in the case demonstrated that after Kitt became a member of the gang, he participated in acts of drug trafficking, robberies and interstate prostitution of minors, on behalf of, and for the benefit of, himself and other members and associates of the Bloods street gang, prosecutors said.

Nettles said the driving force behinds Kitt's sentence was his participation in an online prostitution ring orchestrated by members of the Bloods. According to information in the Indictment and evidence presented at Kitt's change of plea and sentencing hearings, gang members recruited women, some of whom were under the age of 18, for the purpose of "posting" them on the online internet site backpage.com.

The gang members would then act as "pimps" by managing the girls' profits and also providing security for the girls while they met with "johns" or customers who purchased time with the women online, Nettles said. 

According to the pleadings and based on evidence at Kitt's change of plea and sentencing hearings, Kitt conspired with several other gang members to engage in this type of internet prostitution and in at least one instance, Kitt and his fellow gang members, employed a minor as a prostitute.

Kitt also admitted to trafficking marijuana and robbery on behalf of, and for the benefit of, himself and other members and associates of the Bloods Street Gang, Nettles said.

Kitt will spend three years under supervised release after he leaves prison.

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