U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente announced Monday a man who resided in Portsmouth, Virginia and Clovis, California was sentenced to 40 years in prison for sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion.
Forty-year-old Naeem Lateef Odums forced a female victim to engage in commercial sex acts in six states for almost nine years. He utilized extreme violence and threats to control the victim and make her perform commercial sex acts. Odums physically assaulted the victim and threatened to kidnap her children and kill her mother.
Odums set up appointments for the victim utilizing a website known to promote prostitution. He took the money the victim earned from the sex appointments and legitimate jobs she worked, according to court documents.
The victim was forced to engage in commercial sex acts with a punctured lung and three broken ribs related to a physical assault by Odums. He drove the injured woman to the customer’s location, but the customer declined to engage in sex with the victim.
Odums attempted to trick two other women in the Tidewater area to perform commercial sex acts, by posting sexually explicit images of them online. The women gave Odums the images after they thought they were in a romantic relationship with him.