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

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.

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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