An Iowa couple face up to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of sex trafficking and interstate transportation of a person for prostitution.
Aldair Hodza, 36, and Laura Sorenson, 31, of Clive, Iowa, entered their guilty pleas on Friday in U.S. District Court in Eastern Virginia. A sentencing hearing has been set for Aug. 14.
The couple was arrested on Jan. 6 at a Pilot truck stop in Providence Forge, Va., after a concerned trucker, Kevin Kimmel, caught a glimpse of a distraught young woman in the darkened window of Sorenson’s RV. When police arrived, they found a 20-year-old woman in the RV along with the suspects. The woman told police that Hodza and Sorenson kidnapped her in Iowa, physically and sexually abused her, and forced her into prostitution, according to a criminal complaint filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
The criminal complaint states that the victim was forced to engage in sexual acts with “clients” and with both suspects, and that she was repeatedly tortured inside the RV. Health officials at a Virginia hospital found numerous physical injuries on her body, including burns around her abdomen, groin and back and puncture wounds in the tops of her feet, consistent with nails being hammered into her feet.
Kimmel, a Conway Truckload driver from Taveres, Fla., was named the 2015 Harriet Tubman award winner by Truckers Against Trafficking.
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