A Buffalo man who was involved in the sex trafficking of women and used their addiction to illegal narcotics, along with threats, humiliation and violence to keep them in line was sentenced Thursday to serve 30 years in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
In September, a jury found 52-year-old Valentino Shine Sr. guilty of five counts of sex trafficking, and one count each of sex trafficking conspiracy, narcotics conspiracy, using and maintaining a drug-involved premises and possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine.
Prosecutors said Shine ran a sex trafficking operation from his Humboldt Parkway residence, where he preyed upon and exploited vulnerable drug-addicted women, whom he coerced into engaging in commercial sex acts. Shine either provided or withheld drugs to coerce the victims to engage in commercial sex acts.
Shine also used physical beatings, manipulation and brainwashing to control the women, three of whom died of drug overdoses, prosecutors said.