The Coast News Group

Two girls rescued from traffickers

ESCONDIDO — On Dec. 1, Task Force Officers from the San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force rescued a 13-year-old female human trafficking victim from a motel in the city of Escondido, according to a press release issued from the San Diego County Sheriff’s department on Friday.

The 13-year-old victim had been forced to prostitute out of the motel for several days and had been featured on a social media website that caters to prostitution and escort related services.

Acting on information provided by the Fresno Police Department Vice Unit, Task Force Officers and detectives from the Escondido Police Department were able to locate the 13-year-old victim in the motel and rescue her without incident. A second female was contacted at the scene and determined to be an 18-year-old female human trafficking victim as well.

During the course of the investigation, one adult male and one juvenile male were identified and arrested as the human trafficking facilitators.
Assisting in the investigation were the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the members of the Child Exploitation Task Force.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.