By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) – Two dozen gang members accused of running a vast, California-based human trafficking ring that sent women and underage girls across state lines for prostitution have been indicted on federal racketeering charges in a case prosecutors likened to modern-day slavery. Authorities said they had arrested 17 of the accused gang members in San Diego, Arizona and New Jersey, and that another four people charged in the indictment, unsealed on Wednesday, were already in custody on other charges. The defendants face charges of running a racketeering conspiracy, and 14 of them were arraigned on Thursday in federal court in San Diego, where they pleaded not guilty. The San Diego-based sex trafficking operation which was run by members of the Black MOB and Skanless gangs, extended into 46 cities across 23 U.S. states, according to the federal grand jury indictment.
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