California Woman Last to Be Sentenced in National Sex Trafficking Ring

California Woman Last to Be Sentenced in National Sex Trafficking Ring Photo: KSTP/File

November 09, 2018 11:24 AM

A California woman was sentenced to over 12 years in prison Thursday in Washington County, making her the final defendant to be sentenced in connection to what authorities said was a national sex trafficking ring with ties to Minnesota.

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A release from the Ramsey County Attorney's Office Friday said Sophia Navas received a 150-month sentence. She had pleaded guilty to racketeering and sex trafficking charges in July.

Authorities allege Navas and three others were involved in the trafficking of Chinese women into the Twin Cities metro. 

RELATED: County Attorney: Woman Pleads Guilty to Racketeering, Sex Trafficking

The others charged have already been sentenced. 

Fangyao Wu received a 36-month prison sentence, but the jail time was stayed pending successful completion of 20 years of probation.
Hong Jing was sentenced to 102 months in prison in February and Dong Zhou Jiang was sentenced to 53 months in prison in August.

"This brings to a close a significant joint effort between the Ramsey and Washington County Attorney's Offices to curtail the trafficking of human beings in our region," Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said in a statement.

"The victims in this case were especially vulnerable, as they were trapped in a foreign country where they barely spoke the language and sold for sex. More needs to be done in our community to stop the demand which drives all of this. We can all start by thinking about how we raise boys and for men to be involved in the solution." 

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