SANTA ANA (AP) — A Long Beach man has been charged with forcing women he recruited online to work as prostitutes.

The U.S. Attorney’s office says 34-year-old Marquis Monte Horn has been charged with conspiracy and sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion.

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He pleaded not guilty in court Friday.

Horn is accused of recruiting women from online ads by claiming that he and another man ran an upscale escort service that pays women $500 a day. A grand jury indictment alleges that Horn and co-defendant Roshaun Nakia Porter then forced them into prostitution, and made threats against them and their families if they fled.

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Horn faces a life sentence if convicted of all charges.

Porter, who was charged last May, has pleaded not guilty.

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