Taunton man accused of holding sex slave sentenced

Taunton man accused of holding sex slave sentenced

FALL RIVER, Mass. — A Taunton man accused of forcing a developmentally disabled woman into “sexual servitude” was sentenced to serve seven to 10 years in prison.

Peterson Raymond was convicted Monday of human trafficking and learned his punishment at Fall River Superior Court Tuesday morning.

According to the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office, Raymond, along with his sister Johanne Raymond, coerced a 20-year-old developmentally disabled woman from Rhode Island into leaving her family in 2014 and to stay with him in Taunton, where he used her as a “sex slave” out of his apartment for multiple men.

During the sentencing, the judge noted the vulnerability of the victim and the horrific use of her body as the defendant’s and his sister’s source of income.

Raymond was the first case to be charged in Bristol County under a 2011 human trafficking law.

Johanne Raymond took a plea deal in 2015 and served three years in prison.

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