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Michigan couple sentenced for sex trafficking involving disabled woman

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A Michigan couple who were accused in 2017 from holding a disabled woman in a barn, and the sale of her sexual services received sentences on Thursday, according to court records.

Michael Welch, 40, and Misty George, 32, both face charges of prostitution and human trafficking in connection with a 29-year-old woman who they kept in a shed by their Macomb Township trailer, the Detroit Free Press reported, citing court documents.

Michael Welch, right, and Misty George were sentenced Thursday after the authorities said that they are hired by a woman with a disability for sex, while forcing her to live in a barn.
(Macomb County Sheriff’s Office)

The couple was accused of forcing the woman, who is mentally and physically disabled, to the sexual services that they are advertising online, the archives of the court reportedly said.

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Welch received five to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges including trafficking in human beings. George pleaded no contest to human trafficking and agreed to testify against Welch. She was sentenced to five years conditionally, with a credit for more than a year in prison.

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Authorities said Welch and George had let the disabled woman renting a room in their mobile home forced her to live in the barn after she was not able to pay the rent. The woman, who the family eventually contacted the police.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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