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Man pleads not guilty in sex trafficking case

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BISMARCK – A Wisconsin man charged with transporting women to North Dakota and forcing them to engage in prostitution pleaded not guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court.

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Levell Lee Durr, 31, pleaded not guilty to a federal charge of coercion and enticement, which alleges that he “knowingly persuaded, induced, enticed and coerced an individual to travel in interstate commerce to engage in prostitution.”

A woman told authorities Durr held her and two other females against their will in Minot, forcing them to have sex for money, according to a grand jury indictment. The woman told authorities Durr used drugs and physical force to control them.

The allegations are believed to have occurred between May 1 and June 9 in North Dakota.

A trial date is set for Sept. 16.

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