A New York man was convicted Thursday in federal court in Philadelphia of recruiting young women and forcing them to have sex with clients in cities that included Atlantic City.

Justin Williams, 39, used physical violence to force at least three women, ages 18 to 27, to continue in the business, which was advertised on the Internet, according to the charges.

The ads featured pictures of the victims scantily clad with a phone number to arrange a meeting, and the price for each woman.

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Williams, who was known as New York Ice and Pimp Juice, trafficked the women to Philadelphia, New York, Atlantic City and Washington, D.C., between November 2011 and January 2012.

He was convicted of two counts of sex trafficking by force and one count of witness tampering for writing a letter to a victim to retract her statement before trial.

He faces at least 15 years in prison on the sex-trafficking charges when he is sentenced Jan. 23, with a maximum of life.

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