Trucker Accused of Keeping Sex Slaves in Semi Pleads Guilty

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UPDATE to the story we've been following for some time now.

A Utah trucker accused of keeping women as sex slaves in his semi-trailer as he drove across the country struck a plea deal with federal prosecutors Thursday, days before his trial was set to begin.

Timothy Jay Vafeades was charged with luring two women ages 18 and 19 to his truck, then forcibly altering their appearances and grinding down their teeth while holding them prisoner for months. Prosecutors say he had four other victims in the decades before his 2014 arrest, and their stories would have been evidence in the trial even though the cases are too old for criminal charges.

He now faces up to 20 years in prison under the terms of the deal. He pleaded guilty to two counts of transporting for illegal sexual activity and two kidnapping charges will be dropped in exchange. Sentencing is set for November.

He appeared in court in a gray-striped jail jumpsuit and glasses, his hands shackled in front of him. He politely answered the judge's questions and read aloud a legal description of the charges, but said little else.

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