Duluth man gets 25 years in sex trafficking case
MINNEAPOLIS —A man convicted of prostituting an underage girl throughout the Upper Midwest has been sentenced to 25 years in prison, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Federal prosecutors showed evidence that Markeace Arque “Quake” Canty, 33, of Duluth, had advertised online the services of K.W., a former girlfriend of his who would have been about 17 at the time, and transported her to Grand Forks and other Midwestern cities, according to court records.
A police raid in Grand Forks reaped key evidence against Canty, according to the Justice Department.
A federal jury convicted him Sept. 12 of sex trafficking of a child and conspiring to commit sex trafficking of a child. He was sentenced Friday.
Advertisements for K.W. began appearing July 2012 on Backpage.com, which has become notorious for prostitution ads over the years. Locations listed on the ad included places in Minnesota and nearby states.
They were paid for with prepaid credit cards, but police used surveillance video to show that Canty had bought those cards at a Duluth gas station, prosecutors argued, according to court records.