A federal judge on Feb. 1 sentenced a 26-year-old Elk Grove resident to prison for the sex trafficking of a child.

Authorities said that the defendant contacted a 13-year-old girl on the Internet and later had her work as a prostitute.

Abdul Basier Hashimi was sentenced to 12 years and seven months in federal prison.

“Child sex traffickers often prey upon our community’s most vulnerable minors – runaways, foster kids, children who face difficult circumstances – promising the young victims that they will receive care and support,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Sean Ragan said in a press statement. “In actuality, traffickers treat their victims as commodities to acquire and sell, generating profit from exploiting them and leveraging their youth as a selling point.”

Authorities reported that Hashimi first contacted the victim through social media in 2014. The defendant put her into prostitution after her 14th birthday, and he reportedly had her work in Northern California cities such as Sacramento and Oakland.

Hashimi reportedly advertised her on the Internet, rented motel rooms, and drove her to prostitution activities. He then received her earnings.

Authorities arrested Hashimi in 2017 and the defendant pleaded guilty to sex trafficking charges last August. U.S. District Judge Garland Burrell Jr. sentenced him on Feb. 1.

The Sacramento police and the Child Exploitation Task Force worked with the FBI in investigating the case.