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Wisconsin man faces federal charges for North Dakota human trafficking case

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Bismarck, ND - A Wisconsin man is accused in federal court of drugging women and bringing them to North Dakota to work as prostitutes.

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Levell Lee Durr, 31, is charged in U.S. District Court with coercion and enticement.

Federal court records say: The Sheboygan Police Department in Wisconsin contacted the FBI in North Dakota in April to report that Durr, known to police there as an active pimp, had been making trips to North Dakota with girls to “service” the “fracking areas.”

On June 6, the FBI in Minot received information from the FBI in Chicago about a girl who was the victim of human trafficking. The FBI recovered the girl in Minot on June 9.

The girl told investigators Durr drugged her and took her from Chicago against her will to work as a prostitute, according to the court complaint. She told investigators she and other girls were made to have sex with men and give the money to Durr.

The girl said they were required to use heroin in the morning and there were consequences, such as physical abuse, if they broke Durr’s rules. One girl was confined in a dog kennel for several days for breaking Durr’s rules, the girl told investigators.

Authorities arrested Durr on Friday afternoon at a Bismarck hotel. He is scheduled to appear in court Thursday for a preliminary hearing.

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Amy Dalrymple

Amy Dalrymple is a Forum News Service reporter stationed in the Oil Patch. She can be reached at adalrymple@forumcomm.com or (701) 580-6890.

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