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October 23, 2013

Man to plead guilty Wed. in human trafficking case

JACKSON —

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A man arrested as part of a kidnapping investigation is expected to plead guilty Wednesday to a charge of transporting a woman across state lines for prostitution.

Ruperto Moncillo Flores and Jacobo Feliciano-Francisco were arrested June 27 after a distraught woman walked into a police department in Hattiesburg, Miss., and said she had been abducted in Panama City Beach, Fla.

The woman had been a witness in a prior human trafficking case that led to convictions in Tennessee and Kentucky.

Flores, of Lawrenceville, Ga., was arrested as part of the kidnapping investigation, but he was indicted on a charge of transporting a different woman across state lines for prostitution.

The plea hearing scheduled to take place in U.S. District Court in Hattiesburg.

Flores isn't charged with the Florida abduction.

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