Valley Human Traffickers Busted Police Say
The Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF) recently received information from the Fresno Police Department regarding a female juvenile who was a runaway and was possibly the victim of human trafficking in Orange County. Late Friday evening, January 15, 2016, the ongoing investigation led Task Force investigators to an Anaheim motel in the 2200 block of S. Harbor Blvd. An undercover operation was initiated and a 17-year-old female was rescued from two male traffickers. Teantre Millro, 20, Clovis, was booked at Orange County Jail and is being held on $70,000 bail. A 16 year old male was also arrested for Human Trafficking and was booked at Orange County Juvenile Hall.
During the initial operation, investigators developed leads regarding another group who were allegedly trafficking juveniles in the city of Santa Ana. A second undercover operation was initiated and another 17 year old female was brought to a motel in Anaheim by two additional male suspects. The suspects brought the juvenile victim to Anaheim with the understanding she was going to be trafficked for sex. Upon detaining the males, investigators learned they had two additional female juveniles in the vehicle,one 15-years-old and the other 14-years-old. All three victims were rescued. Jonathan Hampton, 23, Clovis, and Martrell Mahone, 19, Fresno were booked at the Orange County Jail on three counts of human trafficking of minors. They are being held on $70,000 bail.
In following established protocols in Orange County, representatives from Social Services and victim advocates (Community Service Programs) responded and made contact with the juveniles. They will coordinate the reunification of the victims with their parents or guardians. The 18 hour long investigation and two separate undercover operations illustrate the priority the OCHTTF places on rescuing victims of human trafficking, especially when it involves juveniles. It also shows the coordination that takes place between law enforcement agencies from throughout the state when it comes to rescuing juveniles victimized by human traffickers. The Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force was formed in August 2014 and is a collaborative effort between Anaheim Police Department, California Highway Patrol, Irvine Police Department, Orange County District Attorney's Office, Orange County Sheriff's Department, and Santa Ana Police Department.