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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

2 Arrested in Russian Sex Trade Case

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A check into the legal status of Russian dancers at an Anchorage strip club uncovered what prosecutors say was a scheme to force women into the sex trade.

The investigation has resulted in the arrest and jailing Tuesday of two men — one American and one Russian — who prosecutors say used false pretenses to get seven women and teenagers to dance topless and naked.

One of the men, Tony Kennard, appeared Wednesday before a federal magistrate for formal charging. He was charged with lying on visa applications, an offense carrying a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail and a $250,000 fine.

The other suspect, Viktor Virchenko, was scheduled to appear before the magistrate Friday.

The two had obtained visas for the dancers by saying they would appear at cultural events such as Russian Orthodox Christmas celebrations, according to charging documents.