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Hundreds of sex slaves rescued in international trafficking ring bust

A two-year investigation into an international sex-trafficking ring has led to arrests in the US and other countries. The ring targeted impoverished women from Asia who spoke little English, for whom their American dream was turned into a living hell.

Authorities announced federal indictments against 17 members of the international sex trafficking organization on Wednesday. Four defendants remain at large, according to a statement from the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

“The 17 people charged in this indictment ran a highly sophisticated sex trafficking scheme,” said Andrew Luger, US Attorney for the District of Minnesota, in the statement. The scheme drew in hundreds of impoverished women from Bangkok, Thailand who were held in the US with debt bondage.

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