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Ohio Man Gets 20 Years For Human Trafficking

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TOWSON, Md. (AP) — An Ohio man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison in Maryland on human trafficking and prostitution charges.

Bennie Veasey, 35, of Cleveland was sentenced Monday in Baltimore County Circuit Court. He was convicted by a jury in July.

County prosecutors say Veasey lured a 19-year-old woman from Ohio into a prostitution ring and that she was coerced by Veasey to act as a prostitute and hand over her earnings to him. 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.

Veasey’s attorney declined to comment.

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

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