Published: Feb 07, 2011 7:57 PM EST
Updated: Feb 07, 2011 5:00 PM EST

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) - A Florida man who was traveling with three women in New York has been accused of forcing them into prostitution.

Westchester County police said Monday that 35-year-old Nicholas Alvarez of Miami and the women were pulled over in Yonkers on Thursday because the van they were in didn't have a rear license plate.

Police determined the van had been stolen in Virginia and the women had prostitution records. Commissioner George Longworth said the women told police Alvarez had beaten them and threatened them with death if they stopped working.

Police said one woman alleged Alvarez had threatened her grandmother.

They said Alvarez had forced the women to work in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, D.C..

Defense attorney Amy Attias did not immediately return a call for comment.

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