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A prostitute whose violent pimp was convicted of sex trafficking — even though she testified on his behalf at trial — read a statement Monday at his sentencing insisting that he’s a “good person” and deserves leniency as he told the judge...

Hooker says pimp who beat her up is still a ‘good person’

A prostitute whose violent pimp was convicted of sex trafficking — even though she testified on his behalf at trial — read a statement Monday at his sentencing insisting that he’s a “good person” and deserves leniency as he told the judge...

Hooker says pimp who beat her up is still a ‘good person’

A prostitute whose violent pimp was convicted of sex trafficking — even though she testified on his behalf at trial — read a statement Monday at his sentencing insisting that he’s a “good person” and deserves leniency as he told the judge they planned to marry.

“He’s a good person, he’s a family man,” said hooker Jennifer Encarnacion,  22, about Karmik Grant-Byas who prosecutors say burned her arm with a curling iron, broke her tooth and split her lip.

“He’s my motivator, my best friend, my better half, he was everything to me.”

The prostitute said that her life was heading toward disaster before she met Grant-Byas and started turning tricks for $1,000 a pop.

“He helped me stop drinking and taking drugs, I stopped being careless about my life,” she said of his “positive” influence.

What we do to the public eye may seem horrible due to morality, but it’s by choice not by force,” she said wearing reading glasses, no makeup and a black sweatsuit. “I’m not a victim.”

Grant-Byas, 31, also professed his love for Encarnacion and told Justice Bonnie Wittner that he had changed his ways.

“I’m turning over a new leaf and getting married to Miss Encarnacion and having kids and opening up a business when I get released from jail. It’s ironic how something amoral like prostitution and domestic violence can bring about something moral like love and marriage.”

But the wedding bells will have to wait, as the judge, who was unmoved by the pleas for leniency, hit him with 14 to 42 years.

“I’d put Mr Grant-Byas up there with the best of them in terms of his abusive behavior, his misogyny, his violence toward all of these woman,” she said in Manhattan Supreme Court. “This was not a business relationship, this was sex trafficking.”

Prosecutor Jennifer Dollee had asked the judge for the maximum of 16 2/3 to 50 years.

“The victims in this case were not people to the defendant, they were property that he called his b—hs, property that he treated as nothing more than his personal ATMs,” she said.

In February, a jury convicted Grant-Byas of sex trafficking Encarnacion and another woman and promoting prostitution. But the panel cleared him of sex trafficking two other women.

During trial, Dollee argued that Grant-Byas used brutal violence to force the four alleged victims to “sell their bodies and earn him his money.”

But Encarnacion took the stand and told jurors that she loved her job and her pimp. The curvy vixen said she made as much as $5,000 a night and that lawyers, judges and even cops have paid to have sex with her in swanky Manhattan hotels.

Defense lawyer Howard Greenberg argued that Grant-Byas was a “scumbag” and “low-life” but not a sex trafficker.

“These hoes committed voluntary sex acts moved by the spirit of free will,” he said in his summation. “Welcome to the not-so-wonderful world of promoting prostitution where men who hate women and women who hate themselves are joined at the hip.”

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