Man heads to prison for forced prostitution

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SALT LAKE CITY -- A California man has been sentenced to prison for forcing a Utah woman to become a prostitute.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports Brandon Walton will serve 30 months in federal prison after pleading guilty to one count of transportation for illegal sexual activity.

Court documents show Walton is accused of kidnapping the woman at knifepoint in March 2009 and taking her to a motel near 10600 South in Sandy. She says he forced her into prostitution for two months, beat her and used a Taser on her to keep her from escaping.

Prosecutors dropped a kidnapping charge as part of a plea bargain.

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