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2 accused in oil patch trafficking sentenced to prison

BISMARCK, N.D. — Two Californians who admitted to human trafficking in the North Dakota oil patch have been sentenced to prison.

The case involved brothels disguised as massage parlors that operated between June 2010 and March 2014 in Minot, Dickinson and Williston. Authorities alleged that Trina Nguyen (wihn) and Loc Tran lured four women from California to work as prostitutes in the operation.

Federal Judge Daniel Hovland on Tuesday sentenced Nguyen to four years and two months in prison and Tran to two years in prison. Both will be on supervised release for five years following their prison terms.

Both defendants reached plea deals with prosecutors and pleaded guilty in April to charges related to human trafficking and coercion. They also must pay nearly $9,800 in restitution to a Williston real estate company.

In related news, Heitkamp, McCain focusing on ND’s trafficking challenges.

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