Man gets more than 12 years for sex trafficking 2 girls

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HARTFORD  — Federal authorities say a Connecticut man is headed to prison for more than 12 years for the sex trafficking of two girls.

The U.S Attorney’s office says 29-year-old Jason Prawl was also sentenced Monday in Hartford federal court to five years of supervised release. The Bridgeport man pleaded guilty in May to a charge of sex trafficking of a minor.

Authorities say Prawl recruited and transported the two victims to engage in sex acts. They say he began prostituting the 17-year-old girls in 2015. An investigation revealed that he tried to recruit a third minor into prostitution.

Prawl has been ordered to pay more than $10,000 in restitution to the first victim and $2,500 to the second.

He has remained held since his arrest last March.