Two Clevelanders accused of sex trafficking 16-year-old girl

CLEVELAND - Two people from Cleveland are facing sex trafficking charges related to a 16-year-old girl.

Ernest F. McClain, 27, and Chardee D. Barfield, 21, both of Cleveland, were indicted on sex trafficking of children and transportation of a minor, the U.S. Department of Justice said on Thursday.

"Stopping human trafficking is a top priority of this office," said Steven M. Dettelbach, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. "Forcing children to sell their bodies as part of the commercial sex industry is appalling."

According to the indictment, McClain and Barfield enticed and harbored a 16-year-old girl for the purpose of having her engage in sex acts from Oct. 1 to Dec. 5. The indictment also indicates that Barfield took the girl from Ohio to Pennsylvania for prostitution.

McClain was also charged with possession of child pornography for photos found on his found, the Department of Justice said.

"The FBI and its partners are committed to rescuing victims of this horrible crime and bringing these predators to justice," said Stephen D. Anthony, special agent at the FBI's Cleveland office.

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