- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A Providence man has pleaded guilty to luring a 17-year-old girl from Texas to Rhode Island for prostitution.

Dujuan Harris admitted in federal court in Providence on Tuesday that he befriended the victim online and helped her travel to Providence earlier this year.

The 35-year-old Providence resident then admitted he repeatedly offered her up for prostitution using photographs of her in ads he posted on Backpage.com.

Prosecutors say when the victim said she wanted to stop, Harris removed the battery from her cellphone and didn’t let her leave his apartment.

Harris, who has been in custody since his arrest this summer, pleaded guilty to sex trafficking of a child and possession of child pornography. He’ll be sentenced on March 4.

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