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Mon Apr 15, 2019, 08:24 PM

Wisconsin man found guilty of sex trafficking on now-defunct Backpage.com

Source: Reuters

U.S. APRIL 15, 2019 / 6:47 PM / UPDATED AN HOUR AGO

Wisconsin man found guilty of sex trafficking on now-defunct Backpage.com

Dan Whitcomb

(Reuters) - A Wisconsin man who prosecutors say transported seven young women across state lines and forced them into prostitution using ads on Backpage.com before U.S. authorities shut it down was found guilty on Monday on federal sex trafficking charges.

The conviction of Erin Graham, 37, marks the latest criminal case stemming from Backpage, which became the largest sex marketing website before it was seized in April 2018 as part of an investigation that saw the website’s founders and CEO charged in a 93-count federal court indictment. They are set to go on trial next year.

Graham was found guilty of seven counts of sex trafficking following a five-day trial in federal court in Madison, Wisconsin.

During the trial victims testified they had been forced to engage in multiple acts of prostitution and turn over the money to him and his girlfriend, Patience Moore, 28, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a written statement.


Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-wisconsin-trafficking/wisconsin-man-found-guilty-of-sex-trafficking-on-now-defunct-backpage-com-idUSKCN1RR2DP

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