Prosecutors conclude sex trafficking case

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Federal prosecutors have finished their case against a group of nine defendants charged in a conspiracy to commit sexual trafficking operated by Somali gangs.

The federal jury will return Thursday morning to hear closing arguments after more than two weeks of testimony in the case that spans from Minnesota to Tennessee. Seven of the nine defendants on trial and several key witnesses have been from the Somali refugee communities in Minneapolis and Nashville.

The U.S. attorney's office is trying to prove a wide-ranging sexual trafficking conspiracy by the gangs and their associates, but defense attorneys have argued the exact age of the prosecution's main witness, a Somali female identified only as Jane Doe No. 2, is not known because her birth certificate is fake.


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