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Woman accused of helping with sex trafficking scheme

There are times when the things you have done may catch up to you, even if they pale in comparison to what you're accused of. In cases where you're accused of federal crimes such as drug charges or being involved in a sex trafficking ring, your defense needs to be strong from the very first day. Protecting yourself should be your primary concern. Your attorney can talk to you about your options to defend yourself and build a case to reduce the risk to your reputation.

In cases like the following, you could be so shocked by an accusation that you admit to doing something wrong or try to defend yourself without help. That can backfire, and if you have admitted to a crime, then you are in a position where you may have to wait and see what the prosecution intends to do next.

A woman in Pennsylvania accused of helping a man traffic four teens in a sex trafficking scheme is in line to be sentenced by a judge in the state. According to the news story from Nov. 1, the 27-year-old woman pleaded guilty to claims that she had helped the girls style their hair. In addition, she allegedly trained them, showing them how to act with male sex customers. The court will need to decide if this is enough to hold her accountable for the co-defendant's crimes as an accomplice.

The co-defendant, a male, was previously sentenced to 12 years in prison for the crimes. He had been on probation for heroin possession when he was charged with trafficking minors and drug offenses. Three of the girls, all from Ohio, were 17, and one was 16. They were discovered by police during a traffic stop, but it was not clear if they were attempting to flee or were recognized as missing persons.

Source: Lancaster Online, "Female accomplice faces sentence in sex-trafficking scheme," Dec. 01, 2016

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