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A 32-year-old Indio man accused of putting girls to work in the sex trade throughout the Coachella Valley is slated to be arraigned Thursday in Riverside County Superior Court.

Dewayne Deanthony Williams was arrested last week following an investigation by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department’s Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force.

Williams is charged with three counts of inducing minors to work in sex-for-hire operations and one count each of human trafficking, lewd acts on a child, procuring a person for the purpose of prostitution and sexual battery.

He’s being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta and is slated to appear at the Larson Justice Center in Indio.

According to sheriff’s officials, the defendant allegedly compelled girls to perform sexual services in Indio, Desert Hot Springs and Palm Desert.

The victims’ identities were not disclosed in court documents, nor were any details regarding how Williams originally came into contact with them.

An investigation by the Anti-Human Trafficking Task that began on March 4 culminated in an arrest warrant being served on the defendant at the San Ysidro crossing port in San Diego County on April 21.

Williams has no documented prior felony convictions in Riverside County.

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