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Antonio Rosales, pictured right, has been charged with the murder of 16-year-old Desiree Robinson. Photo credit: Chicago Sun-Times
A 26-year-old man was convicted for delivering a teen girl to a pimp for a $250 finder’s fee before she was murdered.
Charles McFee admitted before a judge that he handed over Desiree Robinson, 16, to accused pimp Joseph Hazley in December 2016 in exchange for $250.
After that exchange, Hazley then allegedly sold the teen girl to accused killer, Antonio Rosales, and others, the news organization reported. Desiree Robinson was ultimately found dead on Christmas Eve 2016 in a garage in suburban Markham, Ill., her throat slit and her body badly beaten.
According to The Chicago Sun-Times, McFee sold Robinson to Hazley via the website Backpage.com, an online classified service. And while she was in Hazley’s clutches, He shared exchanges with Desiree Robinson on social media reminding her that she was still his property, the Sun-Times reported.
“U still mine,” the news organization reports McFee wrote on Facebook. “We n this together right baby girl.”
Charges are pending against Hazley but federal prosecutors say that they expect his case to go to trial. McFee is expected to testify against the alleged pimp, the Sun-Times reported.
Rosales is charged with Robinson’s murder, according to the news organization.
The case motivated Desiree Robinson’s grieving mother, Yvonne Ambrose, to file suit against Backpage.com and testify before the U.S. Senate last year in support of legislation to restrict websites that contribute to online sex trafficking. The bill has passed both chambers of Congress but must still be signed by President Donald Trump to become law.
“Without Backpage, there’s no murder of Desiree,” Antonio Romanucci, Ambrose’s lawyer, said after Tuesday’s hearing.