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Dallas man faces charge of prostituting teen girl

A Dallas man was in jail this week following his arrest on a charge of forcing a 15-year-old girl into prostitution, according to reports.

Martin Wayne Banks, 36, was being held Wednesday in a Dallas County jail on a charge of compelling prostitution.

He was arrested Monday after a Dallas police vice detective saw him drop off the girl "for the purpose of [her] prostituting" for him, according to police reports.

Another vice detective contacted the girl and Banks subsequently was arrested, the reports stated. Officers believe he recruited the girl to be a prostitute and that he provided transportation and a motel room for her to work for him.

Banks has a lengthy criminal history with previous arrests for drugs and weapons, said Senior Cpl. Jerry Monreal, police spokesman.

Compelling prostitution is a second-degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Bail for Banks was set at $35,000, according to jail records.

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