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Parents appear on charges stemming from trafficking probe

May 14, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A detention hearing in Albuquerque is underway for the parents of a 7-year-old girl who authorities argue was a victim of human trafficking.

The girl’s parents were in court Monday for the continuation of a hearing that began Friday. It’s expected to resume Tuesday.

The parents’ attorneys have disputed the reliability of evidence collected by the state attorney general’s office.

The girl’s father is charged with human trafficking, promoting prostitution and other counts.

The mother was taken into custody while checked into a treatment facility on charges of child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Her attorney says prosecutors’ push to jail her without bail as she awaits trial is unfair.

The Associated Press isn’t naming the parents to avoid identifying the child, whom authorities have identified as a crime victim.

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