April 15th, 2011
11:22 AM ET

1st person charged under Rhode Island trafficking statute

The first person charged under Rhode Island's human trafficking statute was sentence to 10 years this week, according to CNN affiliate WPRI.

Andy Fakhoury was accused of enslaving teen girls and forcing them into prostitution in Providence. 

In court, victim statements highlighted the torture the victims endured. "You brainwashed me into believing I was nothing. You made me feel worthless," reports WPRI.

Related: How California is fighting trafficking 

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