PINOLE — Investigators rescued a 16-year-old San Mateo County girl who they said was being sex trafficked in the Bay Area and was to be moved out of state, police said.

Police found the girl in a San Pablo last week at a house in the company of the 18-year-old, according to a statement from Pinole police Det. Sgt. Justin Rogers. Police said the man admitted to sex trafficking the girl, Rogers said.

Police arrested the man on suspicion of human trafficking of a minor and booked him into the Martinez Detention Facility, Rogers said.

The arrest came after police received a report around 12:20 p.m. on March 8 that the 16-year-old runaway from San Mateo County was at a house in Pinole. Pinole police officers did not locate her immediately at that home. Investigators later tracked her down in San Pablo.

Rogers said investigators interviewed the girl with the assistance of a human trafficking victim advocate from the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office, and that she admitted to being trafficked in the Bay Area. She also said there were plans to take her out of the state, Rogers said.

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Source:: The Mercury News


Police rescue San Mateo County teen suspected of being being sex trafficked in Pinole

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