West Seattle

Alleged pimp indicted on prostitution charges

SEATTLE -- An alleged pimp who already spent time in prison for promoting prostitution in 2009 has been indicted on new charges of sex trafficking and transporting a victim for purposes of prostitution, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Desmond Manago, 25, was sentenced to 31 months in prison during a state and federal crackdown on the Delridge-based West Side Street Mobb five years ago.

He was released from prison in 2010 but returned to jail multiple times after for violating his probation, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Manago was arrested a final time during a traffic stop in October 2013 for outstanding warrants.

According to new charges being filed against Manago, he forced, tricked and coerced a woman into engaging in prostitution between October 2012 and December 2012. He reportedly transported the victim to Idaho, Colorado, Arizona, California and elsewhere to engage in prostitution.

When Manago pleaded guilty to prostitution charges back in 2009 he denied being a member of the West Side Street Mobb but said pimping young women was his sole source of income, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. He said his victims were required to follow his rules and turn over their money to him.

Sex trafficking carries a punishment of 15 years to life in prison. Transporting for purposes of prostitution is punishable by up to 20 years in prison.