2 accused of forcing woman into prostitution

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NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) – Authorities say a man and a woman who held another woman against her will and forced her into prostitution have been ordered to stand trial in Pennsylvania.

Twenty-nine-year-old Kashamba John and 27-year-old Arianna Somerville, both of Decatur, Georgia, are both charged with numerous counts including human trafficking, conspiracy and involuntary servitude.

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Another defendant is being sought.

The state attorney general’s office said the 21-year-old victim was “lured from California, held against her will and forced into prostitution” in hotels in Georgia, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

A message couldn’t be left for John’s attorney Sunday.

Somerville’s attorney, Lonny Fish, said his client’s position was that the alleged victim’s actions were voluntary and she only claimed otherwise following a financial dispute.

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