Defendant in human trafficking case found

Loc Tran, who was charged with human trafficking last February, was located and detained in Denver until extradition Thursday to North Dakota, according to a source at the Ward County Sheriff’s Department. He was being processed into the jail around 3:30 p.m.

A warrant for his arrest was issued May 29, at the same time the criminal complaint against him was filed.

Kelly Dillon, deputy state’s attorney for Ward County, said an initial appearance will be set.

Trina Phuong Nguyen, a co-defendant in the case, made her initial appearance for the charge on May 30. A proposed order to revoke her bond was filed Jan. 29 and is the most recent document on her case record.

The pair ran a business that was allegedly a place of prostitution on Third Street Northeast behind a local brewpub. The business advertised itself as The Mann’s Club, a Vietnamese massage parlor. Police investigations claim, however, that while massages were given on bare mattresses on the floor, the employees were encouraged to give more than massages to any customers enrolled in the business’ VIP program.

Flint McColgan