Auburn man convicted on human trafficking charges

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OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — A man accused of keeping a 13-year-old girl in a house and plying her with drugs so he and other men could have sex with her was convicted of human trafficking.

Brian Askew, 40 of Auburn, could receive a sentence of life without parole at a sentencing hearing set for July, a prosecutor said, and five other people await trial.

A Lee County jury convicted Askew on Wednesday after prosecutors presented evidence showing he kept the youth in a “trap house,” where he and other men had sexual relations with her as Askew gave her drugs, the Opelika-Auburn News reported. The girl had run away from the Lee County Youth Development Center.

With guns, ammunition, cameras and men in the house, the girl was kept in a “climate of fear,” a prosecutor said.

Askew was arrested in 2018, several months after girl’s ordeal.

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