By WCCO-TV Staff

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A man and a woman were each sentenced to several years in prison in connection to the sex trafficking a minor at a Twin Cities hotel, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Minnesota said that 27-year-old Maria Candelaria Zambrano Zavala was sentenced to 12 years in prison and 51-year-old Humberto Rangel-Torres was sentenced to six years in prison. U.S. District Judge Eric C. Tostrud also sentenced the two to supervised release, 10 years and five years respectively.

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“These defendants knowingly engaged in the sexual exploitation of a child for their own selfish gains,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Anders Folk, in a statement. “Criminals who victimize and abuse children in this way will be investigated, prosecuted, and imprisoned.”

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According to court documents, in the spring of 2019 Zambrano Zavala transported and provided a minor for commercial sex to Rangel-Torres, who was a construction worker living out of a Bloomington hotel. On several occasions, Rangel-Torres paid Zambrano Zavala for sex with the minor.

In April, Zambrano Zavala pleaded guilty to one count of sex trafficking a minor. In that same month, Rangel-Torres pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of a minor.

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