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2 to plead guilty in oil patch human trafficking case

BISMARCK, N.D. — A man and woman accused of luring women from California to work as prostitutes in the western North Dakota oil patch have reached plea agreements with prosecutors.

Trina Nguyen (wihn) and Loc Tran are to plead guilty on Thursday. They were scheduled for a nine-day trial in federal court in June on charges related to human trafficking and coercion, in connection with brothels in Minot, Williston and Dickinson.

The plea agreement filed for Tran calls for a sentence of no less than two years. A plea agreement was not immediately filed for Nguyen.

Both suspects pleaded not guilty earlier but are scheduled for a change-of-plea hearing on Thursday.

State human trafficking charges against Nguyen and Tran were dismissed earlier when federal prosecutors took jurisdiction in the case.

In related news, North Dakota mulls measures aimed at curbing sex trafficking.

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