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Hattiesburg man sentenced in trafficking of minor for prostitution

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison, months after a federal jury convicted him of human trafficking and transporting a minor across state lines to engage in prostitution.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for northern Mississippi says in a news release Friday that 32-year-old Raymorris Asencio of Hattiesburg was sentenced Thursday in Oxford. He was found guilty in March after the victim testified against him.

FBI agents and task force officers from Oxford and Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, were able to rescue the minor from a hotel room in Baton Rouge last year after local citizens spotted the child and reported concerns to police.