New York man convicted after prosecutors say he kidnapped woman, forced her into prostitution


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NEW YORK — A New York man has been convicted of sex trafficking, rape and kidnapping after prosecutors say he held a woman captive and forced her into prostitution.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said Friday that Benjamin Gaston faces up to 25 years to life in prison for the highest charge, first-degree kidnapping.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 29.

Prosecutors say the 37-year-old Gaston held the woman captive for nearly two days in November 2012.

They say the woman tried escaping out a sixth floor bedroom window. She fell to the ground and broke bones in her back, legs and arm.

Another man charged in the case has yet to stand trial.

An attorney for Gaston could not be reached Friday.

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