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D.A. says pimp used Facebook to recruit girl, reached cop instead

D.A. says pimp used Facebook to recruit girl, reached cop instead
Orange County prosecutors alleged that Dwight Garris used Facebook to recruit a 17-year-old girl as a prostitute. (Orange County District Attorney's office)

A man who allegedly used Facebook to try to recruit a 17-year-old girl for prostitution has been charged with human trafficking, Orange County prosecutors said.

Dwight Lamith Garris, 34, allegedly believed he had befriended a minor, but he was actually communicating with an undercover Anaheim police officer, the Orange County district attorney's office said Monday in a statement.

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Garris, a Palmdale resident, tried to recruit the girl over a period of about eight days in early April to work as a prostitute and to recruit other sex workers for him, according to the statement.

Garris was arrested last week in Los Angeles County.

He is charged with felony human trafficking of a minor, pandering and pimping of a minor. If convicted, he faces up to 12 years in state prison.

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