Two Boston men are facing federal charges of trafficking a minor for prostitution in Rhode Island, after another man told police that one of them was trying to extort him for having sex with the girl.
The U.S. attorney's office in Providence says 25-year-old Kedwin Vargas and 30-year-old Rene Anthony Laureano, both of Roxbury, have been ordered detained.
Their lawyers did not immediately return emails seeking comment.
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According to an FBI agent's affidavit, a cooperating witness who lives in Rhode Island and Massachusetts reported in March that someone was trying to extort him.
Authorities say their investigation showed that man was Vargas, and that he and Laureano were trafficking the girl.
The girl told investigators she was under 17 when she had sex with the man.