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Sioux Falls man gets 30 years for sex trafficking

SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- A Sioux Falls man convicted of forcing a teenage girl into prostitution has been sentenced to serve 30 years in prison and pay a $5,000 fine.

Thirty-four-year-old Emmanuel Nyuon was facing a possible life sentence after a jury in April found him guilty of sex trafficking and conspiracy charges. The Argus Leader newspaper reports that his attorney asked U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier for leniency in light of Nyuon's difficult childhood as a refugee from Sudan.

Schreier on Monday said Nyuon's past did not excuse his actions, but she also found that the case did not warrant the maximum sentence.

Authorities say the girl involved in the case was 14 years old.