Federal jury convicts three, acquits six in Somali sex trafficking trial

The case involved nine of the 30 defendants accused of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of juveniles in Minnesota, Ohio and Tennessee. After five days of deliberations in Nashville, jurors found three men from the Twin Cities guilty and they could be sentenced to life.
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The case involved nine of the 30 defendants accused of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of juveniles in Minnesota, Ohio and Tennessee. After five days of deliberations in Nashville, jurors found three men from the Twin Cities guilty and they could be sentenced to life.

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