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updated: 6/19/2013 5:05 PM

Man again charged with sex trafficking

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A man who was the first person to be convicted in Illinois under the state's new tough human trafficking laws is facing similar charges in Cook County for the same offense.

The state's attorney's office says 20-year-old Myrelle Locket is held without bond. He and his twin brother, Tyrelle, were each sentenced to four years in prison in 2011 for trafficking two teenage girls and pocketing the proceeds.

Prosecutors said Wednesday that Myrelle Lockett was charged in the most recent case after he met an 18-year-old Minnesota woman online, traveled there and forced her to return to Chicago.

The woman escaped from a home on the city's South Side and called 911.

It was not immediately clear if Locket had an attorney or had been assigned a public defender.

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