Child Prostitutes Rescued in Compton Sex Trafficking Case

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    Two girls forced into prostitution were in protective custody and five adults were facing possible criminal charges as the result of an investigation by a deputy and detective from the sheriff's Compton Station. Kate Larsen reports for NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2013. (Published Saturday, Aug 31, 2013)

    Two girls forced into prostitution were in protective custody and five adults were facing possible criminal charges as the result of an investigation by a deputy and detective from the sheriff's Compton Station.

    The victims, one from Missouri and the other from Louisiana, were rescued Friday afternoon, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Michael Modica.

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    One of the victims was located in a motel in Artesia and the other in a home in South Los Angeles, he said.

    The girls were found to be in good health and were taken into protective custody until their family members could be notified, Modica said.

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    Four men and a woman were arrested in connection with the case and were facing possible charges of conspiracy to commit human trafficking, false imprisonment and sex crimes against children.

    They were booked into jail with bail set at $300,000.

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    Four of the suspects are residents of South Los Angeles and one resides in Long Beach, Modica said.

    Their names were not disclosed because the investigation is ongoing, he said.

    City News Service contributed to this report.

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