(WUSA) -- Authorities say a Maryland man who lured a 15-year-old runaway into prostitution has been sentenced to more than 15 years in prison.
Twenty-nine-year-old Julio Cesar Revolorio Ramos of Adelphi, Md. was sentenced to 188 months on Friday. He pleaded guilty in November 7, 2012 to sex trafficking a child as part of a multi-state conspiracy that prostituted hundreds of women and girls.
Ramos is also illegally in the U.S. and will be transferred to U.S. immigration authorities for removal after his prison term.
Court records show Ramos advertised the prostitution business by handing out business cards that appeared to be for plumbing, landscaping or snow removal business, but that had telephone number for sexual services from a prostitute. Ramos and others would hand out the cards to day laborers, restaurants, and check cashing stores in Virginia.
In January 2009, Ramos encouraged a 15-year-old runaway to work as a prostitute. On her first day, the girl had sexual relations with 17 customers, and on the third day she had sexual relations with 25 customers. According to records, Ramos knew she wasn't 18 and described her as "young" to potential customers on the phone. Some customers repeatedly requested her because of her young age.
Authorities say to ensure that customers had new women for sex he would prostitute a different woman or girl than the one he had prostituted the week before. So from June 2010 through December 2010 during weeks Ramos was prostituting other women and not prostituting the 15-year-old girl, his co-conspirators prostituted her in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Ramos used part of the money from the prostitution to pay "rent" to MS-13 gang members under threats of violence, and sent some money to co-conspirators living in Mexico.