MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal jury has awarded a Twin Cities woman nearly $1 million in her civil lawsuit against a Minnesota man she says sexually assaulted her when she was 14 and living in Laos.
The jury’s verdict, thought to be unprecedented in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis, holds the man accountable for violating child sex trafficking laws. He was never charged criminally.READ MORE: Special Session Kicks Off Monday; Extension Of Emergency Powers Renewed Another 30 Days
Panyia Vang, now 24, moved to the Twin Cities with her family after she became pregnant with the man’s child. He’s accused in court documents of threatening to keep Vang from seeing their child unless she submitted to his sexual demands.READ MORE: Police: Armed Suspect Arrested After Barricading Himself Inside Cannon Falls Building
One of Vang’s attorneys, Linda Miller, says she hopes it sends a strong message about the consequences for those considering travelling abroad to have sex with underage girls.MORE NEWS: Driver Plows Into Protesters In Uptown; Woman Killed Identified As Deona Knajdek
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