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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – As you heard on KMOX, more than a dozen young victims have been rescued from pimps operating behind the scenes at the Super Bowl.
A local sex trafficking case closed this week will open your eyes to what they may have suffered.
Girls strangled, beaten with fists and hammers, burned with homemade flamethrowers. All to make them turn enough tricks a night to make money for brother and sister, Carl and Carla Mathews.
Court documents show the pair first invited girls into their home, got them to dance naked for videos, then threatened to expose them on the internet if they didn’t sell themselves for sex.
Girls would be driven to local hotels to meet multiple men each night.
The verbal threats would escalate to physical violence. The victims were eventually drugged with ecstasy – often locked up in rooms or closets and denied access to food and water.
Carl Mathews was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison last year. On Monday Carla Mathews received the same sentence.
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