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St. Louis woman gets 20 years in sex slave case

ST. LOUIS | A St. Louis woman accused of keeping a mentally disabled teenager as a sex slave and torturing her has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Waquita Wallace, 34, pleaded guilty in April to sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion. She was sentenced Wednesday in U.S. District Court.

Calls to Wallace's public defender Wednesday were not returned.

Prosecutors said Wallace and her sister, April Wallace Chaney, persuaded the 18-year-old victim last year to move into their home and promised they would care for her.

Instead, prosecutors said, the teen was rented out for sex, kept against her will and forced to give up her monthly disability check.

Chaney was also convicted in the case. She was sentenced in December to five years in prison.

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