Three adults were charged Monday with human trafficking after they allegedly sold a California girl they found on Facebook into prostitution, the Orange County District Attorney's Office announced in an emailed statement.
Prosecutors accuse Dejon Pierre Moore, 19, of contacting a 17-year-old girl on Facebook and entering into a long-distance relationship with er.
On Sept. 21, prosecutors allege, Moore drove to Los Angeles to meet the girl after she road a train to meet him.
Moore picked up the girl and met up with Kristian Adway, 19, prosecutors said, and they transported the girl to Orange County.
The complaint said girl was forced into prostitution after suggestive pictures were taken of her and placed on unspecified websites known for prostitution.
A third suspect, Jennifer Kaye Moeggenberg, 23, is accused of "setting rules for the victim and how to behave around sex purchasers."
If convicted, Moore faces a maximum sentence of 17 years and 8 months to life in state prison, Adway faces a maximum sentence of 14 years in state prison, and Moeggenberg faces a maximum sentence of 12 years in state prison.
Charges were brought under provisions of state law passed by voters in 2012 as Proposition 35, which increased penalties for human trafficking.
"Under the law," prosecutors said, "human trafficking is described as depriving or violating the personal liberty of another person with the intent to effect a violation of pimping or pandering. Pimping is described as knowingly deriving financial support in whole or in part from the proceeds of prostitution. Pandering is the act of persuading or procuring an individual to become a prostitute, or procuring and/or arranging for a person work in a house of prostitution."