Three men from the Fresno area and a 16-year-old boy were arrested on suspicion of trafficking three teenage girls in Orange County, authorities said Monday.
The Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force received information about a runaway girl who was possibly a victim of human trafficking, according to Sgt. Daron Wyatt of the Anaheim Police Department, a member of the task force.
Task force investigators went to a motel in the 2200 block of South Harbor Boulevard, between Orangewood and Chapman avenues, in Anaheim, late Friday night and began an undercover operation, Wyatt said.
A 17-year-old girl was rescued from two suspected traffickers, Wyatt said.
Teantre Millro, 20, of Clovis, was booked at Orange County Jail and is being held in lieu of $70,000 bail, Wyatt said.
A 16-year-old boy was also arrested on suspicion of human trafficking and booked at Orange County Juvenile Hall, Wyatt said.
During the initial operation, investigators developed leads about another group suspected of trafficking girls in Santa Ana. A second undercover operation was undertaken, Wyatt said.
Investigators learned another 17-year-old girl was brought to a motel in Anaheim by two men with the understanding she was going to be trafficked for sex, Wyatt said.
After the men were detained, investigators learned two other girls, were are 14 and 15 years old, were in a vehicle, Wyatt said.
Jonathan Hampton, 23, of Clovis and Martrell Mahone, 19, of Fresno, were booked at Orange County Jail on three counts of human trafficking. They are both being held in lieu of $70,000 bail, Wyatt said.
Following established protocols, representatives from Social Services and victim advocates responded and made contact with the girls. They will coordinate the reunification of the victims with their parents or guardians, Wyatt said.
–City News Service