- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 23, 2014

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - A man accused in state court of forcing women into prostitution in the North Dakota oil patch is facing similar charges in federal court.

Federal prosecutors have charged Keith Graves with six counts, including five counts of sex trafficking by force or coercion. He’s scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday.

Graves is accused in state court of running a prostitution ring out of Williston-area hotels, and raping a woman he was recruiting and forcing her to take drugs. He has pleaded not guilty to numerous human trafficking charges.

Graves was one of the main subjects of “The Overnighters,” a documentary that follows a Lutheran pastor who opened up his Williston church and parking lot to oil workers with nowhere to stay.

Federal court documents do not list an attorney for Graves.



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