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Pimp found guilty of forcing woman into prostitution is extradited to Honolulu

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A Waipahu man convicted of forcing a woman into prostitution and kidnapping has been extradited back to Honolulu after federal agents captured him last month in Texas.

Joseph Vaimili, 29, had been on the run for more than a year. He skipped out on $250,000 bail two days before his trial began July 2010 in Honolulu for kidnapping, terroristic threatening, and promoting prostitution.

His case went on without him, and he was found guilty of all charges.

According to the victim’s testimony, she met Vaimili in a Waikiki nightclub, and he made her work the streets of Waikiki and took all her money. Vaimili beat the woman with a belt and drove her to a remote pineapple field where he threatened her with a gun.

A U.S. Marshals fugitive task force tracked Vaimili to Nevada, California and Texas. Marshals found him Sept. 27 at a Houston home. He was being held at the Harris County Jail in Houston and was arrested Thursday at the main police station in Honolulu. He appeared in court Friday and was denied bail. 

He remains at Oahu Community Correctional Center and faces up to 50 years in prison.

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