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UPDATE: Two Arrested For Prostituting Out 13-year-old Girl

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Eyeesha Hinton, 24 Eyeesha Hinton, 24
Two people are behind bars as a result of a juvenile prostitution human sex trafficking investigation in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Fargo and Moorhead police took Eyeesha Hinton, 24, and Prince Jones, 24, into custody Thursday morning at the Grand Inn on the 3400 block of 14th Avenue South in Fargo.

Fargo police say the two were arrested on a Fugitive From Justice warrant, since they were wanted in Minnesota. The man and woman are being held at the Cass County Jail on two counts of first degree sex trafficking charges.

The Clay County Attorney’s Office and Moorhead Police Department held a joint press conference on Thursday afternoon. They said officers who routinely check online for prostitution activity discovered a suspicious ad on backpages.com. They set up a sting and realized a 13-year-old girl was being prostituted out at the Super 8 in Moorhead.

The investigation discovered the 13-year-old victim is a Twin Cities native and a runaway from May of 2014. She says she was driven to Fargo-Moorhead a few days ago from the Minneapolis area. Authorities say Eyeesha Hinton claimed to be the victim's friend and was prostituting her out. Police emphasize the fact that sex trafficking and prostitution are not a victimless crimes and many times those being sold are being forced to do so, adding that it's especially heartbreaking to discover children that are being trafficked.

Police say human sex trafficking and prostitution are despicable, dehumanizing crimes and anyone involved needs to be stopped.  They add if you know someone who is buying these types of services, they are contributing to the problem and you should assist in getting them help.

The 13-year-old girl has been reunited with her family. Police say she has a tough road ahead but it's "a good days work on the part of the officers" when they can help save a child's life.
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