AUSTIN (KXAN) - A man who allegedly recruited and forced a 16-year-old girl into prostitution was arrested in Austin. The Texas Attorney General's Office arrested Deondre Jenkins, 27, on felony human trafficking charges.
According to The Attorney General's Special Investigations Unit, Jenkins transported the girl, who was from Austin, to San Antonio and Dallas. He then compelled her to engage in at least 100 paid sexual encounters, and kept the profits for his own personal gain.
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Authorities said he also used online advertisements to solicit paid sexual encounters with the girl.
Investigators were able to trace his most recent online advertisement to Milwaukee, Wis. SIU officers were able contact Milwaukee police and based on information provided to them, the girl was successfully located and taken into protective custody.
The Travis County Sheriff's Department transported her back to Austin.
Jenkins was arrested on Feb. 13, shortly after returning to Texas. He is charged with one count of trafficking a child for sexual purpose. A first-degree felony is punishable by up to life in prison.
He is currently in the Travis County Jail with bond set at $75,000.
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