NORFOLK, Va. (WVEC) -- A 40-year-old man was sentenced to spend 40 years in prison after being convicted of forcing a woman to engage in prostitution by physical force, fraud and coercion.
We're told Naeem Lateef Odums, 40, forced a woman to engage in commercial sex acts in California, Virginia and five other states for nearly nine years.
Odums used a combination of extreme physical violence, threats of violence and threats of kidnapping the woman's children.
Court documents also cite that Odums kicked, punched and hit the woman with chairs, ashtrays and other objects, often while her children were watching.
He also choked her, threatened her with a gun and threatened to kill her and her mother.
Odums arranged commercial sex appointments using a website to promote prostitution and collected all the money.
The woman was hospitalized after Odums broke three of her ribs and punctured her lung, then forced her to go on a commercial sex "date" and drove her to the customer's location.
The "date" declined to engage in commercial sex with the woman given her injuries, but paid for the appointment nonetheless.
Court documents also note two other local women who Odums attempted to trick into prostitution by posting sexually explicit photographs of them on websites known to promote prostitution.
The women sent Odums these photographs because they both believed they were in a romantic relationship with him.
Neither of the women knew, or consented, to the website posts.