BILLINGS, Mont. — A jury began deliberations on the federal trial of a Missoula man accused of luring women and girls into a sex trafficking scheme.

The deliberations on a verdict for 35-year-old Terrance Tyrell Edwards began Tuesday in Billings and continued Wednesday.

Edwards is charged with multiple felonies, including sex trafficking by force or fraud. He has denied the charges and testified that he was running a legal escort service.

Federal prosecutors called 24 witnesses during the course of the trial that began last week.

Prosecutors said Edwards would force women into prostitution through threats and violence.

In closing arguments, Assistant U.S. Attorney Zeno Baucus described Edwards’ operation as commercial sex and said the case was about “greed, power, control and manipulation.”