Teen Girls Rescued by Police who Charge Four Californians with Human Trafficking
Police save teens during two undercover operations last week
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.