Rhode Island man sentenced for sex trafficking Texas girl

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for sex trafficking a 17-year-old girl from Texas.

Prosecutors say 35-year-old Dujuan Harris, of Providence, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Providence.

Harris on Tuesday dropped a request to withdraw his sex trafficking and child pornography guilty plea.

He previously acknowledged he befriended the victim online and paid for her to take a bus from Texas to Rhode Island in June 2015. When she arrived, he took photos of her and posted them in an ad on Backpage.com, offering her up for sex.

The girl was rescued by Providence Police and Homeland Security agents.

Prosecutors say that after he was arrested, Harris contacted the victim more than 100 times from jail despite a no contact order.

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