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St Paul (KROC AM News) - A Minnesota woman is facing prison time after admitting to lining up a minor with a man for sex.

The US Attorney’s office in St Paul reports 26-year-old Maria Candelaria Zambrano Zavala of Bloomington pleaded guilty last week to sex trafficking of a minor.

She is facing a minimum prison sentence of ten years.

Also pleading guilty was 50-year-old Humberto Rangel-Torres.

According to court documents, “beginning in March 2019 through May 2019, Zambrano Zavala began transporting and providing a minor for commercial sex to Rangel-Torres, who was at the time a construction worker residing 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 two will be sentenced at a later date.

“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.”

The case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.

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