Police save teens during two undercover operations last week

By Chris Harris
Updated January 19, 2016 02:30 PM
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Credit: ORANGE COUNTY HUMAN TRAFFICKING TASK FORCE

Police in California have arrested four people on human trafficking charges after undercover operations last week rescued four teenaged girls.

In a statement obtained by PEOPLE, the Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force says it teamed with detectives in Fresno on Friday to investigate a tip about a runaway girl.

That joint operation led investigators to a hotel in Anaheim, where, the press statement claims, they saved a 17-year-old girl from alleged kidnappers.

Teantre Millro, 20, Clovis, was booked into the Orange County Jail on a human trafficking count and remains there on $70,000 bail.

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Police also say they’ve charged a 16-year-old male with human trafficking, but police have not released his name.

During the investigation, authorities developed leads about another alleged trafficking operation in Santa Ana, according to the statement.

A second sting operation resulted in the arrests of two other men at an Anaheim motel. The men were with a 17-year-old girl who police say was “going to be trafficked for sex.”

The statement claims that soon after Jonathan Hampton, 23, of Clovis, and 19-year-old Martrell Mahone of Fresno were arrested, detectives learned that two other girls – ages 14 and 15 – were inside the car they’d arrived in.

Hampton and Mahone each face three counts of human trafficking and are being held on $70,000 bail.

Information regarding attorneys for the four defendants was unavailable Tuesday morning.