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      Toledo man gets 18 years in prison for sex trafficking minor

      <font size="2">Devault offered underage girls for sale on the website backpage.com in 2012. The girls offered to engage in commercial sex acts, according to court documents.</font>

      A Toledo man has been sentenced to nearly two decases behind bars for trafficking a minor in the sex trade.

      Taurus Devault, 27, was sentenced on Tuesday to 224 months in prison. He pleaded guilty in 2013 to one count of sex trafficking of a minor and one count of conspiring to use phone or internet to promote business involving prostitution.

      With a co-conspirator, Duane Hill, 26, Devault offered underage girls for sale on the website backpage.com in 2012. The girls offered to engage in commercial sex acts, according to court documents.

      "These defendants made their profits using underage girls," said US Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio Steven M. Dettelbach.

      Hill was sentenced to more than 16 years in prison earlier this year.

      "Protecting our nation's children is one of the highest priorities in the FBI," said Stephen D. Anthony, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Cleveland Office. "No one should be able to pick up a phone or go online to purchase a child. People who traffic children for their own financial gain deserve - and are getting - the highest possible sentences the court can hand down. "

      "We will continue to work with our partners to prosecute human trafficking cases in all their many forms ," said Dettelbach.