A pretrial conference scheduled for a woman accused of human trafficking has been continued to Jan. 29. Instead, the Wednesday morning hearing became nothing more than a bond review.
Trina Nguyen, 31, is accused of human trafficking, a Class A felony, for her alleged role in operating a Minot massage parlor as a brothel.
The Mann's Club, as the business was called, operated until the end of May in a corner building on Third Street Northeast before an extensive police investigation shut the place down and resulted in charges against Nguyen and a man allegedly also involved in the business named Loc Tran, who still has a warrant out for his arrest.
Nguyen, after relocating to Stark County, had requested that the court allow her to use a global positioning system, or GPS, tracking device instead of the twice daily 24/7 state sobriety program check-ins. She and her defense had successfully argued that driving from the Dickinson area to Minot twice a day was too difficult, so her request was granted.
Court records indicate that the initial cost for the GPS tracking system, $500 for installation and the first 16 days of use, was paid for by her attorney, Gregory Scott Hoover, of Washington state, but no payments had been made after that payment.
Because of this, Kelly Dillon, the deputy state's attorney for Ward County and prosecutor of the case, filed a motion to revoke bond and return Nguyen to jail. The motion was granted by Northwest Judicial District Judge William McLees on Oct. 29.
At Wednesday's hearing, Nguyen was ordered to pay the outstanding balance of $1,210 for the GPS monitoring and her bond was reset at $50,000 cash or corporate surety. The twice daily check-ins were also brought back but she will be able to perform her check-ins in Stark County.