Witness: Girls used for prostitution in Nashville

KRISTIN M. HALL Associated Press Published:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Somali woman testified in a federal child sexual trafficking trial that young girls and women from Minnesota, Ohio and Atlanta were being used as prostitutes in a Nashville apartment.

The trial being held in Nashville includes nine out of a total of 30 people who have been accused in an indictment of involvement in a child sexual trafficking ring that prosecutors say was run by Somali gangs from the refugee communities in Tennessee and Minnesota.

The witness, who was only identified as Jane Doe 5 in court, said Thursday that one of the defendants would bring men to the apartment to have sex with the females, who she said ranged in age from 15 to 20.