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Man charged with human trafficking of his daughter

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Zeferino Ponce-Nava, 36, is accused of attempting to sell his teenage daughter to a male friend. Zeferino Ponce-Nava, 36, is accused of attempting to sell his teenage daughter to a male friend.
Nancy Riddle is a neighbor of the Ponce-Nava family and spoke with the girl. Nancy Riddle is a neighbor of the Ponce-Nava family and spoke with the girl.

LEXINGTON, KY (WLEX) - A man is in jail accused of human trafficking after court documents allege he tried to sell his 14-year-old daughter to a friend.

Zeferino Ponce-Nava, 36, is being held in the Woodford County Detention Center charged with Human Trafficking as well as being a fugitive.

According to federal court documents, Versailles Police got information about Ponce-Nava, a foreign born national who attempted to sell his 14-year-old daughter to a male friend. Versailles Police then contacted federal authorities earlier this week.

Ponce-Nava could not provide any ID or documentation that he was a legal citizen.

According to court documents, on July 27 Ponce-Nava contacted Rufino Vazquez to negotiate the sale of his teenage daughter for $2,900. Vazquez said the initial price he wanted was $7,000.

Vazquez was left alone with the girl in her family's apartment, which police believe was time for him to engage her sexually before deciding whether or not to 'buy' her.

The girl was seen crying and fleeing from the apartment while being forcibly grabbed from behind by Vazquez who groped her. He is now charged with sexual abuse.

Nancy Riddle, a neighbor, noticed the girl as she fled and talked to her. "She says my daddy's trying to sell me to these guys as a sex slave," Riddle recalled. "I said no hunny nothing like that's going to go on here." Riddle said she believes God put her in the right place at the right time

Vazquez was also arrested on an outstanding warrant for domestic violence assault involving a different victim. He told investigators money did not change hands and the deal was not closed.

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