Apr 8, 4:06 PM EDT

Argentine court hands down long prison terms in infamous sex slavery case

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Argentine court hands down long prison terms in infamous sex slavery case

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BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- A court in Argentina has handed down tough sentences of 10 to 22 years in prison to 10 defendants accused of kidnapping and forcing into prostitution a young woman whose disappearance raised global awareness about people trafficking.

The search for Marita Veron continues, but after two trials, the woman's mother Susana Trimarco says she's satisfied with Tuesday's verdict. She said she and others have "achieved a bit of justice for Marita and for all the girls."

The court ruled in provincial Tucuman after a new trial was ordered following not-guilty verdicts for all the defendants.

Brothers Jose and Gonzalo Gomez received 22 years for kidnapping Veron. The others received lesser sentences. All but one are being jailed pending appeals.

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