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Stenehjem: $1.25M available to address human trafficking

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BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem (STEHN’-juhm) says $1.5 million is available for groups providing services relating to human trafficking. The money was authorized by the 2015 Legislature as part of a comprehensive package of bills to address human trafficking in North Dakota. In addition to organizations already providing prevention and treatment services to victims, the grants ...

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Federal jury convicts Williston sex trafficking suspect

BISMARCK, N.D. — A federal jury in Bismarck has convicted a man accused of sex trafficking in the Williston area. Keith Graves, 39, showed little emotion on Friday after he was convicted on five counts of sex trafficking by force or coercion, and distribution of and possession of methamphetamine, the Bismarck Tribune reported. Each sex-trafficking offense carries a mandatory minimum ...

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Sex trafficking suspect presenting defense in federal court

BISMARCK, N.D. — A man accused of sex trafficking in the Williston area is presenting his defense in federal court in Bismarck this week. Keith Graves is defending himself against 11 charges related to sex trafficking and drugs. Women who testified for the prosecution last week alleged that Graves used a handgun, bat and fists to keep them in line. ...

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Women lash out at suspect during sex trafficking trial

BISMARCK, N.D. — Women testifying in the trial of a man accused of sex trafficking in the Williston area allege Keith Graves used a handgun, bat and fists to keep them in line. They also testified Wednesday that he raped them and forced them into prostitution. One woman said she was forced at gunpoint to inject another woman with methamphetamine. ...

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Federal trial begins for Williston sex trafficking suspect

BISMARCK, N.D. — A sex trafficking trial is underway in Bismarck for a man who was featured in a North Dakota oil patch documentary. The Bismarck Tribune reports jury selection began late Monday afternoon after U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland rejected a request to delay the trial by Keith Graves, who’s representing himself. Graves faces 11 charges related to sex ...

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Professor: Texas major hub for human trafficking

Several years ago, Sandra Spencer said she blithely assumed sex trafficking was something that occurred outside the United States. “Well, the scales fell from my eyes, so to speak, when I attended the Texas Conference for Women in 2002,” said Spencer, a professor and the director of the Women and Gender Studies program at University of North Texas. Spencer spoke ...

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Kentucky trucker gets prison in Texas prostitution case

WACO, Texas — A trucker from Kentucky must serve more than four years in federal prison for trying to transport prostitutes he planned to pick up in Texas. Anthony Wayne Farrior of Paducah, Kentucky, was sentenced Wednesday in Waco. The 28-year-old trucker in July pleaded guilty to violating the Mann Act, which deals with prostitution and human trafficking. Prosecutors say ...

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Idaho man sentenced for sex trafficking in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. — An Idaho man who once won a battle against the federal government in the U.S. Supreme Court is now going to federal prison for sex trafficking in North Dakota. The Bismarck Tribune reports that 48-year-old Michael Sackett, of Priest Lake, Idaho, pleaded guilty Monday to a sex trafficking charge and was sentenced to a year and a ...

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Man accused of trafficking in oil patch facing more charges

BISMARCK, N.D. — A man who was featured in a documentary in the North Dakota oil patch has been arraigned for the third time on sex trafficking charges. The Bismarck Tribune reports 39-year-old Keith Graves has pleaded not guilty to an additional count of sex trafficking by force or coercion. In all, the latest superseding indictment charges Graves with eight ...

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