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Associated Press, Published April 26 2012

Closing arguments in sex trafficking trial; indictment says ring reached into Minnesota

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A federal prosecutor says evidence provided in a sexual trafficking trial in Nashville proves there was a pattern to recruit and use young girls as prostitutes.

In closing arguments Thursday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Van Vincent told jurors that Somali gang members recruited young girls, told them they were good at sex and that they could make money.

Nine defendants face child sex trafficking charges in the federal trial. A total of 30 people were accused in an indictment that said gang members ran a large scale sex trafficking ring that operated in Minnesota, Ohio and Tennessee.

Closing arguments continued Thursday.

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