photo by John Schreiber.

A registered sex offender and an alleged hooker accused of forcing a 15-year-old girl into prostitution after the underage teen ran away from a placement home in Simi Valley were in custody Tuesday after a routine traffic stop in Long Beach.

Officers pulled over the vehicle of the man and woman about 9 a.m. Saturday near Pacific Coast Highway and Lemon Avenue for not having license plates, and noticed the girl sitting in the back seat, the Long Beach Police Department said.

Officers discovered the driver, 27-year-old Reson Richard, who is a registered sex offender on post-release community supervision, did not have a driver’s license, police said.

The passenger, 21-year-old Samantha Davis, had an outstanding warrant for suspicion of prostitution, according to police.

Vice detectives who were called to the scene determined Richard was in violation of multiple conditions of his community release, and “the investigation revealed both the male and female adult suspects were trafficking the female juvenile victim,” the department said.

Richard and Davis were arrested on suspicion of human trafficking of a minor, pimping and pandering, police said. Both are being held in lieu of $150,000 bail.

The girl was placed into the custody of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.

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