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Man arrested for rape and trafficking of 13-year-old girl

Police in southwest Kansas say they have arrested a man in connection to the alleged rape and trafficking of a runaway 13-year-old girl from Texas.

The Liberal Police Department said in a release that the child was located Tuesday in the 1000 block of South Kansas. She’s from Denison, Texas, and was in the presence of a 63-year-old man.

The release said that the girl was approached by two 63-year-old men from Liberal at a restaurant in Denison, and one of them convinced the teen to come with them to Kansas.

“After they arrived in Liberal, Kansas, the 13-year-old girl reported she was forcefully raped by one of the 63-year-old men,” the release said. “This man also told her he was going to prostitute the girl out to other people who would pay them good money.”

The suspect was booked on suspicion of rape and aggravated counts of human trafficking, kidnapping, interference with parental custody, intimidation of a victim and indecent liberties with a child. His name was not released.

“According to the 13-year-old girl, the suspect had several visitors while she was in his home.”

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