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Nine indicted in sex-slavery ring

July 13th, 2011 9:53 am by Jamie Satterfield

Lured by promises of high-paying jobs, women from five states instead found themselves enslaved - stripped of their identities, forced into prostitution and bartered among brothel operators in East Tennessee and Kentucky.

This tale of the victims of a human trafficking ring is fleshed out in a beefed-up indictment filed earlier this month in U.S. District Court in Greeneville by Assistant U.S. Attorney Helen Smith against nine people - three from Knoxville - accused of turning illegal immigrants into sex slaves.

"The principal object of the conspiracy was to obtain money for the ultimate personal gain, benefit, profit, advantage and accommodation of the defendants and their co-conspirators," Smith wrote.

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