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Woman agrees to plead guilty to prostitution in ND oil patch

BISMARCK, N.D. — A woman accused of prostitution in the North Dakota oil patch says she will plead guilty in federal court. Authorities say Thuy Hoang worked at prostitution parlors in Minot, Dickinson and Williston. She’s charged with conspiracy. The brothels allegedly were operated by Loc Tran and Trina Nguyen (wihn). They are scheduled for trial in June on racketeering ...

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North Dakota mulls measures aimed at curbing sex trafficking

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota lawmakers are considering several measures aimed at combating the increasing incidence of prostitution in the state, including increasing the penalties for sex traffickers and providing funding for services to victims coerced into the sex trade. Legislation discussed Wednesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee also would prohibit sexually exploited youths from being treated as criminals, and ...

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Oil patch hotels combating prostitution

In an effort to combat the influx of human trafficking and prostitution in North Dakota’s oil patch, some hotel managers are taking the matter into their own hands by refusing service and making “Do Not Rent” lists. Garnet Finchum and her husband Dwight, managers of the Travel Inn located in Dickinson, say that both prostitutes and solicitors are frequent visitors, ...

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Man accused of promoting prostitution in Williston


WILLISTON, N.D. — A Florida man is accused of promoting prostitution in the western North Dakota oil patch hub of Williston. Thirty-one-year-old Trevor Fryer, of Deland, Florida, could face up to five years in prison if convicted of the felony charge. Court documents do not list an attorney for him. He’s being held on $20,000 bond. In related news, Drugs, violent ...

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Carlsbad hosts forum on human trafficking in boomtowns


Jessica Onsurez | Carlsbad Current-Argus CARLSBAD — As Carlsbad grows with the oil and gas boom, community leaders are taking steps to educate the public against some of the seedier elements of progress. Truckers Against Trafficking and nonprofit iEmpathize will be sponsoring a rolling exhibit and community forum to discuss topics of prostitution and human trafficking that often follow oil ...

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Sex trade follows oil boom into North Dakota

Pam Louwagie | The Star Tribune (Minneapolis) WILLISTON, N.D. — The gray-haired man sat at the bar at Applebee’s in a sport coat, nursing a vodka soda on a summer Thursday afternoon. A blonde, middle-aged woman in black leggings, toting zebra-striped luggage, sat down beside him and began to talk. She scrawled “Ginger” on a bar napkin and a phone ...

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Woman charged with prostitution in Belfield has initial appearance, denies charges


By Katherine Lymn on Feb 12, 2014 at 3:06 p.m. A woman charged with promoting prostitution in Belfield had her first court appearance Wednesday, where she adamantly denied the charge. Christmas Davis, who bailed out of jail after her Jan. 27 arrest, said she’d be applying for a public defender and entered a not guilty plea. Belfield City Attorney Sandra Kuntz cited Davis’ ...

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Human trafficking: Law enforcement says it’s a problem, but stats lacking

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February 02, 2014 12:30 am  •  By Jenny Michael Law enforcement and public safety officials in North Dakota have been talking about human trafficking for the past few years, but the reality of the situation has been elusive. Statistics aren’t available yet to back up the problem, nor are details plentiful. Human trafficking refers to the sale or trade of humans — basically, ...

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