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Three juveniles among five victims identified in Billings sex trafficking case

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During Monday's court hearing we learned that Terrance Edwards faces up to 15 years to life in prison if convicted and faces a fine up to $250,000. Edwards also faces up to 5 years of supervised release. Appearing on a video feed, Edwards waived his right for a preliminary hearing.

As we reported last week Edwards was recently released from prison following a conviction for promoting prostitution in Missoula in 2012.

What we learned on Monday about Edwards, upon his release, he was not registered with the state's sex and violent offenders database.

We have a call into the Attorney General's office to learn more and if Edwards was even required to do so.


New details emerge in the case of the man connected with the disappearance of a Polson woman earlier this month.

Terrance Tyrell Edwards is facing charges of sex trafficking by force, fraud or coercion. 

Five victims have been identified in court documents including two adult females and three juvenile females.

According to court documents on September 20, the Billings Police Department responded to a call for help at the Rodeway Inn in Billings. The victim reported being held against her will at the hotel.

Documents outline the woman told officers she had met Edwards on the social media site, before meeting in person in Missoula around September 10. The woman told authorities she thought she was entering into a romantic relationship with Edwards. Court documents state Edwards took the victim to a store to select clothing, at one point telling her to select different clothing because the first item "was not sexy enough."

According to court documents, Edwards took photographs of the victim in provocative poses wearing the lingerie he purchased.

Edwards allegedly purchased a hotel room at the Howard Johnson Inn in Missoula. Court documents state Edwards posted photos and advertisements for the victim on a website in Billings, Missoula and Salt Lake City, Utah. Documents also state internet solicitations were slow in Salt Lake City, so the victim was asked to walk the street to attract potential customers.

While trafficking the victim, court documents state Edwards traveled to Washington state to acquire another adult female victim.

According to court documents, the Polson woman says she drove Edwards to a court hearing in Missoula around September 19 so he could be "discharged from probation in regard to a prior prostitution charge."

Around that same date, court documents state Edwards and the two adult women were involved in a commercial sex transaction in Billings.

Edwards allegedly established "rules" for the woman from Polson including instructions on not to look at other men unless she could make money off them and to "check in" with him when she was "working." Court documents state Edwards struck the woman, causing a nose bleed and eye injury, while in the parking lot of the Rodeway Inn because Edwards claimed she had glanced at a man exiting the hotel. The victim states in court documents she feared for her physical well being and Edwards told her he possessed a firearm. The victim says she never actually saw the firearm.

Edwards left the Polson woman and the other victim at the Billings hotel according to documents. Documents state he told them he was on his way to pick up other girls.

Law enforcement arrested Edwards on September 21 after initially making contact with the woman from Polson. According to court documents, they made contact with Edwards at the Rodeway Inn around 6:45 a.m. He told authorities he had another hotel room and when authorities entered that room, they found three juvenile victims.

The three additional victims are minors. The court documents identify them as a 17-year-old girl from Minnesota, 15-year-old girl from North Dakota and a 16-year-old girl from Fargo, ND. Court documents state the three juveniles were picked up on September 20 in Fargo. Court documents state the 15-year-old girl met Edwards online and he told her "they would make money together." The girls were recovered by law enforcement 11 hours after they met Edwards in Fargo.

Edwards is expected to appear in federal court Monday afternoon.

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