Jury to deliberate Monday in sex trafficking case

A federal jury will begin deliberating Monday in Nashville in the trial of nine defendants accused in a child sexual trafficking conspiracy operated by Somali gangs.

Attorneys finished their closing arguments Friday and the jury of six men and six women will return Monday morning to start deliberations after more than two weeks of testimony.

This is the first trial from an indictment that alleged 30 defendants, mostly people of Somali descent, were involved in a wide-ranging conspiracy to commit child sex trafficking and operated in Minnesota, Ohio and Tennessee.

Defense attorneys argued that the main government witnesses were unreliable and inconsistent. The witnesses testified that as juveniles, they were used as prostitutes.