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Polygamists cast doubt on woman cited by Utah Legislature as sex-trafficking victim

Mar 7, 2017 - The Salt Lake Tribune

Polygamists say that a woman who last month gave emotional testimony to lawmakers about being sex-trafficked through several sects was never involved in polygamy.

Rep. Mike Noel, R-Kanab, recognized Michelle Neilson on the floor of the House of Representatives last month after she testified in support of his HB99, which would increase the penalties for polygamy when it is prosecuted in association with fraud or abuse.

"I was abused within several polygamist groups within the Salt Lak

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