Updated 4 months ago
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 a foreign born national, Ponce-Nava, 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. He is scheduled to be in federal court Friday afternoon.
According to court documents, on July 27 Ponce-Nava contacted Rufino Vazquez to negotiate the sale of his 14-year-old daughter for $2,900. Rufino said the initial price he wanted was $7,000.
Rufino was left alone with the girl in the apartment, believed to be for Rufino to engage her sexually before deciding whether or not to 'buy' her.
The girl was seen crying and fleeing from the apartment and forcibly grabbed from behind by Rufino who groped her. He us now charged with sexual abuse.
Vazquez was arrested on outstanding warrant for domestic violence assault involving a different victim.
Rufino told investigators money did not change hands and the deal was not closed.