Minneapolis, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- A federal indictment was released Monday charging a 32-year-old Duluth man with child sex trafficking.
The indictment, filed on May 7, charges Markeace Aqrue Canty with one count of sex trafficking of a child, and one count of receiving child pornography.
The charges stem from allegations that from July 2012 to January 2013, Canty recruited, transported and coerced the female victim, who was under the age of 18 at the time, to engage in commercial sex acts from which Canty benefited financially.
Authorities say that Canty purchased escort advertisements on the website backpage.com and brought the female victim to locations in Duluth and Minneapolis to meet responders at hotels, where the victim engaged in sex acts in exchange for money.
On September 12, 2012, law enforcement in Indiana responded to one of the ads and arrested the female victim after the reportedly agreed to perform sex acts in exchange for money. The ad included a phone number registered to Canty. The indictment also alleges that Canty attempted to arrange for the female victim's release from jail after she was arrested on state prostitution charges.
As for the child pornography charge, the indictment states that on January 15, Canty received visual depictions via a computer of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
If convicted of the charges, Canty faces a potential maximum of life in prison of each of the sex trafficking counts and ten years on the child pornography charge.
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