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Wasilla man sentenced for sex trafficking through ‘force, fraud, and coercion’

A Wasilla man was sentenced to more than a decade in prison on Tuesday for sex trafficking through "force, fraud, and coercion" of women who were addicted to drugs, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

Terry Lee Keehn, 44, recruited women to work for him as prostitutes in Anchorage and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. He promised women shelter and help in getting off heroin, according to a statement issued Wednesday by U.S. Attorney Brian Schroder.

Alaska State Troopers found meth, heroin, and various drug paraphernalia in Keehn's truck in January 2016, the statement said. During that drug investigation, officers talked to several of the women who had been recruited by Keehn, the statement said.

"In exchange for lodging, food, and drugs, the victims worked as prostitutes for the defendant, providing him with money and sexual favors," Schroder's statement said.

Most of the women were heroin addicts, said Chloe Martin, spokesperson with the U.S. Attorney District of Alaska Office. Sometimes, Keehn would withhold heroin, and give the women methamphetamine instead — causing them to be addicted to both substances, Martin said.

"It was another way for Keehn to control his victims," Martin said.

Keehn was sentenced on two counts of sex trafficking to 13 years and 10 months in prison, followed by 10 years of supervised release.

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