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DALLAS, Texas — A Dallas man has been arrested and charged by federal complaint with trafficking a 14-year-old girl at a local hotel, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced today.

33-year-old Anthony Lenell Acy, also known as "Moon Walka Casch," is facing a federal charge of child sex trafficking and made his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Rebecca Rutherford earlier today.

Acy, at the time of his arrest, was out on bond for a state trafficking charge filed by the Texas Department of Public Safety's Criminal Investigations Division in Travis County. The victim in that case was reported missing out of Van Zandt County, Texas.

In the latest case, according to the criminal complaint, Acy was allegedly trafficking at least two women, including the 14-year-old girl, out of a hotel off the LBJ Freeway in Dallas, according to federal prosecutors.

Acy was arrested by the North Texas Trafficking Taskforce, which was led by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), as he was leaving the Dallas hotel. There, federal investigators also recovered the 14-year-old girl inside a room on the second floor.

The girl told investigators Acy had ordered her to engage in commercial sex, forced her to earn $1,000 per day and turn over the proceeds to Acy, physically assaulted her on multiple occasions, and deprived her of food and shelter.

"Investigators reviewed online advertisements, allegedly posted by Mr. Acy, that featured pictures of Jane Doe and offered various sexual services," read a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

The 14-year-old girl, immediately following her recovery from the Dallas hotel, was transported to the Dallas Child Advocacy Center.

“Child sex trafficking is one of the most vile crimes we see in north Texas. This defendant allegedly used and abused a middle-school-aged child for monetary gain,” stated Acting U.S. Attorney Prerak Shah. “We are thankful that the North Texas Trafficking Task Force was able to not only apprehend the perpetrator, but also recover the victim and get her to safety.”

“Apprehending human traffickers that take advantage of our most vulnerable and rescuing those exploited will always be a top priority for HSI,” stated Ryan L. Spradlin, special agent in charge HSI Dallas. “We will go to no end to combat the scourge that is human trafficking and the members of the North Texas Trafficking Task Force will never relent until every trafficker is behind bars and every victim is rescued.”

If convicted, Acy faces up to life in federal prison.

The North Texas Trafficking Task Force, led by Homeland Security Investigations, conducted the investigation, with assistance from the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office, the Colleyville Police Department, and the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Rebekah Ricketts is prosecuting the case.

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