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Man guilty in prostitution scheme involving Lowell teens

A Dorchester man pleaded guilty Thursday in a scheme to get two 14-year-old girls to work as prostitutes in Rhode Island after they had run away from home.

Derek Miranda, 21, pleaded guilty in US District Court in Boston to having the two girls taken from Massachusetts to Providence on Jan. 15. He had met the girls a day earlier after they ran away from their homes in Lowell, federal prosecutors said.

Miranda met the girls at a Brockton hotel, gave them clothes, and told them he “had guys coming over,” according to the office of US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz. One of the girls texted a friend for help, and the friend notified police, who began a search.


In the meantime, the girls stayed with a friend in Brockton. They had nowhere to go, however, and contacted Miranda again, according to Ortiz’s office.

Miranda had the girls picked up by an Uber driver, then driven to Providence with the intention of having them provide sex for a fee, prosecutors said.

Again, one of the girls texted a friend to alert law enforcement, who rescued them and arrested Miranda.

Andy Rosen can be reached at andrew.rosen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @andyrosen.