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Teen accused of running prostitution ring in Oconee County

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OCONEE COUNTY, Ga. -

A 19-year-old has been charged with human trafficking.
 
Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry says Tyler Standifur used a young girl for prostitution, beginning when she was just 11.

"Just a little girl and anybody that'd see her would know she's a little girl," Berry.
 
The girl told investigators this went on for two years without her parents' knowledge. The girl, now 13, told her school principal on Wednesday.

"She honestly felt her and her family's lives were in danger if she told anyone," Berry said.

Standifur's mother and uncle said they don't believe the charges.

"Innocent until proven guilty. But at this time, I can't say anything because I don't know what's going on. That don't sound like my son," said Tonya Robinson, the suspect's mother.

Investigators believe there are other victims and suspects in this case. The sheriff says the girls were threatened with harm to themselves and their families if they didn't participate in this man's prostitution ring.

"This predator just prayed on her, extorted her and compelled her to go into prostitution so he could make money," Berry said.
 
Standifur is being held without bond at the Oconee County Jail.

Berry said that 17-year-old Salvador Martinez was arrested for allegedly paying the victim for sexual activity. Martinez is charged with child molestation and enticing a child for indecent purposes.

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