NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — After days of selecting jurors, attorneys are set to give opening arguments on Monday in the trial of more than a dozen people accused in a sex trafficking ring run by Somali gangs that reached from Minnesota to Tennessee.

Out of the total 30 who were indicted in 2010, 15 defendants are facing a jury trial that is expected to take two to three months on charges of conspiracy to commit sexual trafficking of children by force, fraud or coercion and charges related to the sexual trafficking of two unidentified juvenile females.

The case involves young girls being forced into prostitution in Minneapolis; St. Paul; Columbus, Ohio; and Nashville and most of the defendants are from the Somali refugee populations in Minnesota and Tennessee.

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Comments (10)
  1. kevin says:

    Get ‘er Done!!

  2. me says:

    Ain’t diversity grand. We need to invite more of those poor refugees to settle here – they’re obviously “lonely” & need “companionship”

  3. Kevin says:

    You wonder why Minnesota is ranked in the top 3 for human trafficing. Moron liberals just keep bringing this garbage here with no concern of the long term issues……..or as a Hmong community leader says she is disturbed, but not surprised that nine men are charged with raping a 14-year old girl. Diversity is grand….unless the 14 year old is your daughter……..and as the numbers of this thrid world garbage grows….so does the chance of 14 year old being your daughter……

  4. Ronnie Reagan says:

    Are you kidding me? These charges are obviously bogus! I cant see where any Somali refugee would be involved in something like this!!! They are a huge asset to Minnesota!!

  5. Kevin says:

    Minnesota…..come for the diversity……stay for the trafficing of children…….

    1. hehehehehe says:

      I love the smell of diversity in the morning.

  6. Bill Clintons Cigar says:

    What is up with all of this? We have Somalians selling 13 year olds. And we have Hmong rap*ing 14 year olds. We have black 3 year olds being gunned down. We have Mexicans killing drug addicts. We have Hmong and the Mexican Mafia teaming up in Mpls. Good Lord every day all you hear about is stabbings, murders, shootings, gangs, and rap*s. Yet they tell you that violent crime is down in Minnesota? Really?

  7. colorblind says:

    Save the time and money and just put all make on a pirate ship then use it for target practice. Has anyone ever heard of a Somali that has ever once in any part of the world done something constructive? Why did we get stuck with them?

  8. Kevin says:

    You better be careful what you say on here……dont you all remember……..

  9. Annie says:

    By the way, there was apparently plenty of Minnesota born and bred garbage here – white men and even women — involved in long years of this same activity of human trafficking of Native American women and girls and others. Guess you never knew that or noticed it, or cared. Should we put all white guys against a wall, etc.? Or is that different. I won’t check back here. I can just imagine how you’ll deal with a truth you don’t like.

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