Human Trafficking Arrests Made In North Texas
FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – Fort Worth police have arrested three people accused of forcing a teen into prostitution.
Detectives say the 17-year-old’s outcry to patrol officers started an investigation at the South Loop Inn Motel, in the 6000 block of South Freeway.
The teen, who is from San Antonio, came to North Texas to meet up with several individuals she had connected with online.
Orlando Verge, 26 was arrested for online solicitation of a minor on Friday. Nyckolus Hunter, 26, and Gabriella Walker, 19, were also arrested Friday on warrants for trafficking of persons.
Police say the female victim met the three suspects on the social networking site called Mocospace.
“The basics were you come up here and some arrangements were made for her to work off rent and things of that nature,” explained Sgt. Deven Pitt, with the Fort Worth Police Department.
All three suspects are being held in the Mansfield jail.
After the teen’s plea for help, police began an undercover sting that lead them to the three suspects. Investigators say the victim had been in the Fort Worth area for about two weeks.
“We do believe there are other victims out there,” says Sgt. Pitt. “We are still investigating.” As always, detectives are urging parents to keep an eye on their kids while online.
Police say while this victim was not a run away they are finding more and more similar cases where a teen meets suspects online and is promised something in return for certain services.