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Md. Jury: Man Forced Woman Into Prostitution

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Bennie Veasey

TOWSON, Md. (AP) — A jury has convicted a 32-year-old man of human trafficking and prostitution charges.

The Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office says Bennie Veasey was convicted Thursday. The office says evidence showed Veasey lured a 19-year-old victim into a prostitution ring and that she was coerced by Veasey to act as a prostitute and give him all the money she received from clients. Prosecutors say Veasey was using the money to pay off lawyer’s fees stemming from a rape charge in Cleveland.

The woman was recovered during a sting operation conducted by Baltimore County Police in April.

Veasey’s lawyer, Jerome Joyce, declined to comment on the case Friday.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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