Man told a runaway teen she could be a model. Instead, he forced her into a life of prostitution.

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Source: MEGA

Aug. 8 2021, Published 1:35 p.m. ET

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A runaway teen was told she could be a model, instead the man who made the offer trafficked the victim and forced her to engage in sex with others.

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Last week, a federal jury in Texas convicted Anthony Lennell Acy, 34, on one count of child sex trafficking and one count of sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion. He faces a minimum of 15 years in prison and will be sentenced at a later date.

It took the jury less than 30 minutes of deliberation to convict Acy, prosecutors said.

The teen and an adult woman were rescued from a Dallas hotel room as Acy was arrested trying to leave the parking lot.

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The teen testified at trial that Acy approached her after she ran away from home. He told her she could model for his clothing line and drove her to a hotel, where he offered her dinner and a place to stay, according to prosecutors.

The victim said Acy later forced her to take ecstasy and have sex with strangers in Dallas and California, according to prosecutors.

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An adult woman testified Acy recruited her through Facebook and said he wanted to be her boyfriend. When she went to visit him, he took her cell phone and keys, prosecutors noted.

Acy then forced the victim to have sex to repay the money he claimed he spent on her.

The woman said she had to earn $1,000 a day through sex with strangers and Acy forced her to give him the money, according to prosecutors.

Both victims said Acy repeatedly beat them, threatened them at gunpoint and said he would kill their families if they went to the police.

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