Suspect Sentenced in Human Trafficking Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) -- A man arrested as part of a kidnapping and human trafficking investigation has been sentenced to one year in prison for transporting a woman across state lines for prostitution.

Court officials say Ruperto Moncillo Flores was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Hattiesburg.

Flores and another man were arrested June 27 after a woman walked into the Hattiesburg, Miss., Police Department and said she'd been abducted in Panama City Beach, Fla.

Authorities say Flores had no knowledge of the abduction, but was asked to transport the woman to Louisiana for prostitution.

Authorities say Flores, of Lawrenceville, Ga., was arrested in Mississippi when his van broke down before picking up the kidnapping victim.

He pleaded guilty in October to transporting another woman, who was with him when he was arrested.

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