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A Springfield man and woman are facing federal charges for allegedly coercing a 15-year-old girl into performing sex acts for money.
Joseph Gibson, 41, and Danna Rodriguez, 35, were arrested last week on child sex trafficking charges.
According to a criminal complaint in the case, the 15-year-old girl recently came forward to report that she had been sexually abused in late July.
The girl allegedly told authorities Gibson and Rodriguez were having money trouble and they pressured her into performing sex acts with a man for money at a motel in north Springfield.
The girl allegedly said that prior to taking her to the motel, Gibson gave her three pills of ecstasy and told her to take them.
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Court documents say the girl also reported that Rodriguez took sexually explicit photos of her, which the girl believed Rodriguez planned to send to men.
According to court documents, Rodriguez asked the girl to perform sex acts with another man for money after the encounter at the Springfield motel, but the girl refused.
Court documents indicate text messages recovered from the people involved in this case backed up what the 15-year-old girl reported.
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The girl was able to sever ties with Gibson and Rodriguez earlier this month, and she reported the abuse a few days later, according to court documents.
Court documents say Rodriguez also admitted to trying to recruit two other teenage girls to engage in commercial sex acts.
Rodriguez and Gibson are being held in the Greene County Jail. They face possible life sentences if convicted.
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