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North Carolina man sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for sex trafficking

A North Carolina man was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison Friday for sex trafficking of hundreds of women.

Jesse Gabriel Marks, 38, of Jacksonville was ordered to prison Friday after pleading guilty in September. He must also pay $249,700 in restitution to several victims.

Prosecutors said Marks prostituted hundreds of women, including at least one minor, over nearly two decades. Marks used drugs, including heroin and methamphetamine, to keep the women dependent on and prostituting for him, prosecutors said.

Officials also said Marks physically and emotionally abused many of the victims and would sexually assault them after giving them drug cocktails without their full knowledge. He recorded many of those sexual assaults on video.

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