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Pair plead guilty to sex trafficking of child at Bloomington hotel

A 26-year-old woman provided a child 'for commercial sex' with a 50-year-old man.
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A man and a woman have pleaded guilty in court to the sex trafficking of a child at a Bloomington hotel.

Maria Candelaria Zambrano Zavala, 26, of Bloomington, is facing a sentence of up to 10 years for her involvement in the arrangement she made Humberto Rangel-Torres, 50.

According to the Minnesota U.S. Attorney's Office, Zambrano Zavala between March and May 2019 started transporting and "providing a minor for commercial sex" to Rangel-Torres, who was a construction worker staying at a hotel in Bloomington.

"On at least three occasions, Rangel-Torres arranged for commercial sex acts through Zambrano Zavala and paid Zambrano Zavala or the minor in cash for each commercial sex act," the attorney's office says.

"These defendants showed no regard for the health and safety of a minor and instead prioritized their own gratification and profit,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Anders Folk.

"The commercial sexual exploitation of minors is a horrifying crime and one that the U.S. Attorney’s Office and our law enforcement partners have zero tolerance for."

Zambrano Zavala pleaded guilty to one count of federal sex trafficking of a minor, with Rangel-Torres pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a minor.

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