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Woman pleads not guilty to human trafficking in oil patch

WILLISTON, N.D. — A Milwaukee woman accused of being part of a prostitution ring in the western North Dakota oil patch has pleaded not guilty.

Authorities allege 38-year-old Rasheda Ross was involved in a commercial sex operation that advertised online and did business out of a Williston hotel.

The Williston Herald reports that Ross on Thursday pleaded not guilty to a felony human trafficking charge that carries a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison.

Ross is scheduled to stand trial the week of Sept. 21 on that charge and on a criminal conspiracy charge for allegedly being involved with another woman in an extortion attempt. That charge carries the same maximum punishment.

In related news, Twenty-nine defendants in Bakersfield and North Dakota indicted on drug trafficking charges.

Information from: Williston Herald, http://www.willistonherald.com

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