Sexual trafficking trial continues in Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Forensic experts testified about DNA evidence during the second week of a federal trial involving several defendants accused of using a young Somali female for forced prostitution.

The trial being held in Nashville includes nine out of a total of 30 people who have been accused in an indictment of involvement in a child sexual trafficking ring that prosecutors say was run by Somali gangs and that included sexual acts in Minnesota, Ohio and Tennessee.

On Tuesday, a forensic scientist testified that semen found on the unidentified female witness was linked to one defendant listed in the indictment, and Nashville police officers described detaining several of the defendants and the witness after they traveled from Minneapolis to Nashville.


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