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2 plead guilty to involvement in Fort Worth sex trafficking ring using Backpage.com

Two men face up to life in prison after pleading guilty this month to trafficking charges in connection with a human-trafficking ring operating in Fort Worth and Northlake, federal officials say.

Joshua Glaze, 30, pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiring to commit sex trafficking through force, fraud or coercion. Faizal Sabar, 34, pleaded guilty to the same charge May 13, according to the U.S. attorney’s office of the Northern District of Texas.

Glaze and Sabar said they conspired to advertise their victims for sex on Backpage.com, a Dallas-based website that was shut down in early 2018 for allowing ads for “illicit commercial sex,” then-U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said at the time.

“Trafficking — people selling other people — is a particularly vile crime,” U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox said in a written statement. “Even though the website in this case has been shut down, others continue to proliferate, and we remain vigilant for signs of trafficking, online and off.”

Sabar told the court he had traveled to Texas from Pennsylvania with a trafficking victim in 2017 before forcing her into prostitution.

One victim told officers that Sabar had acted as her pimp between November 2016 and February 2018 in Fort Worth, Lewisville, Waco, Northlake and Oklahoma. She also said Sabar would beat, rape and otherwise abuse her.

According to a criminal complaint from December, Glaze helped Sabar act as a pimp, rent hotel rooms, create ads on Backpage.com and collect money from the two victims.

Sabar’s sentencing is scheduled for August.

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