Human Traffic Watch

Alleged Grand Forks pimp to fight human trafficking charge

In Child Sex Trafficking, Forced Prostitution, Human Trafficking, Prostitution, Sex Trafficking on January 21, 2013 at 12:49 pm

A Grand Forks man charged with pimping a 17-year-old girl turned down a plea deal Thursday in court, deciding, instead, to risk going to trial on a rare human trafficking charge that carries a top sentence of life in prison.

Travis Levar Johnson, 30, is one of three charged this summer with trafficking the girl as a prostitute to several men in Grand Forks in early 2011, including to a UND professor and a high school counselor.

They are the first human trafficking charges brought in Grand Forks County, prosecutors said.

Johnson also is charged with felony corruption of a minor for allegedly having sex with the girl to initiate her into prostitution.

Source: Grand Forks Herald

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