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Appleton man charged with human trafficking

by Alison Dirr

APPLETON -- A 29-year-old Appleton man was ordered held on a $50,000 cash bond Wednesday in a human trafficking case.

Tha Moua was charged in Outagamie County court with conspiracy to commit human trafficking, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana — all as a party to a crime — and misdemeanor bail jumping.
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According to the criminal complaint:

Two women told police on Nov. 20 that they were partying with Moua at his house on Badger Avenue in Appleton. Two men from Minnesota started speaking with Moua, who was acting as "something of a broker" with the men in an agreement those men had with Moua's brother to take four females to Minneapolis, the women told police.

According to the women, the agreement was for the Minnesota men to take four females to Minneapolis for the purpose of sex trafficking.

One woman said while they were at the house they and others were using drugs and people were coming and going. When the Minnesota men arrived, others left the two women with them. The men had brought methamphetamine and heroin, which the women used.

One of the women said the men started getting touchy and making comments about her body. At one point, one man asked if she wanted to go to a hotel with him. Others said they were going to the hotel, so the woman, her friend and the two men left Moua's house. The woman said she realized in the car that something was wrong.

Once in the hotel room, Moua arrived and wanted to take the woman's friend to get food. The woman wanted to go with them because she didn't want to be separated from her friend. She told police that once Moua and her friend left, the Minnesota men sexually assaulted her.

The woman said she wanted to leave after the assault but didn't want her friend to come back and have the same thing happen to her.

The men then told her she was going to be taken to Minneapolis, where she would live in a house with men who were running everything. The two men said that she would be told what to eat, what to wear and how to do her hair in exchange for a "never-ending supply" of drugs.

The woman then thought that she was going to be a sex slave.

When her friend came back about 6:30 a.m. the woman took her friend into the bathroom to tell her what happened. The women escaped and went to a bathroom in a nearby hotel, where someone must have called the police on them, she said.

The woman's friend said that she had left the hotel with Moua, who she said knew what was going to happen all along. She said that when she got mad, Moua left with another man.


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