Man gets 33 years for sex trafficking southern Minnesota girls

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A man who picked up two girls in Rochester and forced them to work as prostitutes has been sentenced to 33 years in federal prison.

36-year-old Lee Andrew Paul was found guilty of two counts of sex trafficking of a minor and one count of sex trafficking by use of force, fraud and coercion.

Authorities say that in May, 2013, Paul met a 16-year-old girl from Kasson and a 12-year-old girl from Rochester and took them to the Twin Cities, where he told the girls he was a pimp and they would work for him or he would abandon them on a street corner in Minneapolis.

Court documents say Paul forced both girls to perform a sex act on him and forced the younger girl to have sexual contact with another man for money.

After serving 396 months behind bars, Paul must then spend 20 years on supervised release.

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