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A set of twin brothers from south suburban Dolton have been sentenced to four years in prison for forcing two young women into prostitution.

Myrelle and Tyrelle Lockett, 18, are the first people to be convicted under a new human trafficking initiative, according to the Cook County State's Attorney's office.

The Locketts were arrested last year after police responded to ads the twins posted on the Internet. Prosecutors say the Locketts used physical punishment to force their victims to perform sex acts for money. The victims were 17 and 18 at the time.

Men responding to the Internet ads would be told to go to hotels in the south suburbs where the Locketts would be waiting with the girls. The victims told investigators the Locketts kept all the money.

Both Tyrelle and Myrelle pleaded guilty yesterday to felony charges of trafficking persons for forced labor or services.

State's Attorney Anita Alvarez said in a press release her office developed the Human Trafficking Initiative in 2010 to "more effectively combat the escalating problem of sex trafficking and underage prostitution."

The Cook County Sheriff's Police Vice Unit took part in the Lockett investigation.

The Salvation Army is also involved through a program called STOP-IT. Under that program sex-trade victims receive medical treatment, counseling and educational services to break the cycle. The STOP-IT hotline number is (877) 606-3158

For other recent arrests and court cases, click on the slideshow.



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