Two arrested for sex trafficking between California, Oregon
Two people have been arrested by Medford police in an on-going investigation into sex trafficking.
Officers first responded to a report of a teenage, runaway girl from Modesto, California as possibly being at a local motel in the early hours of Friday, May 10th. The parent of the child said that she believed her daughter was at the Motel 6 on Biddle Road, and was possibly the victim of sex trafficking. The girl had been missing from her Modesto home since April 29th.
Officers followed up on the report by going to the motel, where they determined that the missing girl was likely in one of the rooms. The occupants of the room were initially uncooperative, according to police, but eventually opened the door and then officers rushed in. They found the missing girl inside, as well as an 18-year-old female, and two other adults. The adults are now identified as Lucious James Roy, 32, of Stockton, California, and Dawniel Santangelo, 41, also from Stockton.
"We think the two suspects were working together to bring this girl from California up to Oregon, get her in the motel, provide her with marijuana and then engage her in prostitution. Luckily, we disrupted it," Lt. Mike Budreau said.
Detectives responded to the scene as well and began what is still an open investigation.
"Often times, the girls get manipulated - they have the ability to leave often times, but it's very complicated when it comes to trafficking victims especially juveniles, especially when you are giving them drugs," Budreau said.
The missing 15-year-old has since been reunited with her family in California.
Both suspects are lodged in jail for the following charges:
- Trafficking in Persons
- Compelling Prostitution
- Delivery of Marijuana to a Minor
Roy's bail is set at $300,000, and Santangelo's bail is $250,000.
Community Works assisted the Medford Police Department in reuniting the 18-year-old girl found at the motel with her family, also in California.