A Long Beach man was arrested Thursday on federal sex trafficking charges for his alleged involvement in recruiting women to work as prostitutes.
Marquis Monte "Taylor" Horn, 34, was scheduled to be arraigned Friday on one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking and one count of trafficking by force, fraud or coercion, the FBI said in a release.
According to the indictment, Horn allegedly worked with another Long Beach man – Roshaun Nakia Porter, 37 – to recruit unsuspecting women to work in a prostitution ring by claiming he was running an "upscale escort service in which women could make $500 per day."
The FBI said that Horn and Porter would coerce women into prostitution by developing romantic relationships with the victims, promising false financial or U.S. immigration assistance, and sometimes isolating them from their families.
The two allegedly used websites such as www.modelmayhem.com to pick out victims, authorities said.
In the indictment, investigators also alleged that Horn recruited one female victim into the organization who was eventually beaten and whipped by Porter and forced into prostitution.
Porter, who was arrested in connection with the case in April 2012, has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is currently being held without bond while awaiting a May 7 trial date. Horn was expected to be arraigned in United States District Court in Santa Ana Friday afternoon.
If convicted of the charges, Horn could face a maximum sentence of life in federal prison.
Authorities also believe there could still be more victims that have not come forward. Anyone with information about the case is being asked to contact the FBI's Los Angeles field office at 310-477-6565.