For ADN: The sex trafficking trial of Troy Williams

An Alaska Life

I’m interested in doing deeper coverage of sex trafficking in Alaska, in part because this state shares demographic characteristics with other places in the United States, like North Dakota, with high numbers of women involved in trafficking.

I’ve been following several sex trafficking cases, including the case of Troy Williams that went to a jury last week. He was accused of recruiting, torturing and forcing mostly young Alaska Native women in to sex work. Ash Adams and I visited the courtroom as the trial closed.

Here’s the beginning of our story for Alaska Dispatch News:

As he ran his sex trafficking ring over the years, Troy Williams always recruited the same kind of girls, assistant attorney general Adam Alexander told a jury Wednesday, as he gave his closing argument in Williams’ trial.

They were older teenagers, mostly Alaska Native, he said. They had rough childhoods in villages or elsewhere. Some…

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