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Casper Cornejo, Fairfax man, pleads guilty to child trafficking

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A Fairfax man pleaded guilty Monday to trafficking teenagers to work in his prostitution business for clients in the D.C. region, the FBI announced.

Alonso Bruno Cornejo, aka “Casper,” 22, pled guilty to one count of sex trafficking of children.

Cornejo began running a prostitution business around August 2009, he admitted in court documents. He recruited teens who had run away from home and needed shelter and a way to support themselves.

Promising them money and drugs, he enticed the young girls to become prostitutes.

Cornejo managed all aspects of his prostitution ring, the FBI said, including recruiting women, obtaining clients, scheduling appointments, collecting money, and driving the teens to appointments with johns. He told the juveniles how to engage in sexual intercourse with paying customers.

“Sex trafficking is an unconscionable crime that reduces young women to indentured sex slaves,” said U.S. Attorney Neil MacBride in a statement. “We’re working closely with our law enforcement partners to fight this reprehensible form of exploitation.”

Cornejo faces a mandatory minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison when he is sentenced on Nov. 4, 2011.

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