RI man pleads guilty to sex trafficking charges
By News Staff
A Providence man pleaded guilty Tuesday to trafficking a 17-year-old girl from Texas to Rhode Island for sexual activity.
35-year-old Dujuan Harris admitted to the court that he befriended the victim on the internet and talked to her through cell phone, text and Skype before facilitating her travel to Rhode Island in June. He repeatedly offered her for commercial sexual activity and also had photographs of her posted on Backpage.com.
Harris pleaded guilty to one count each of sex trafficking of a child and possession of child pornography.
Investigation reveals that when Harris told the young woman that he wanted to increase the number of sexual encounters to make more money, the young woman told him she no longer wanted to participate. When the victim tried to communicate with her family in Texas, Harris removed the battery from her cell phone and refused to let her to leave his Providence apartment.
On June 30, Providence Police detectives and members of the Human Trafficking Task Force found and rescued the victim.
Harris is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge William E. Smith on March 4, 2016.
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