Human Trafficking Focus of Woman's Slaying

Police are trying to determine how an Oklahoma woman with a conviction for prostitution wound up dead in Anaheim.

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    Police are still searching for the cause behind the death of an Orange County woman, whose body was found at a recycling plant. Hetty Chang reports from Anaheim for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 17, 2014.

    Anaheim police focused their investigation into the killing of a 21-year-old whose body was found in a trash bin on a corridor known for human trafficking and prostitution.

    Jarrae Nikole Estepp, 21, was found dead on Friday at an Anaheim recycling plant.

    Woman's Body Found in OC Trash Plant

    [LA] Woman's Body Found in OC Trash Plant
    Workers at the Republic Services Waste and Recycling plant in Anaheim discovered a body on a conveyor belt Friday morning. Police told NBC4 that the case is being investigated as a homicide. Hetty Chang reports from Anaheim for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 14, 2014.

    Police were canvassing a neighborhood of weekly hotels and businesses along Beach Boulevard and Ball Road, searching for clues.

    Detectives believe she was last seen near the area a few days before her body was found by workers at the Republic Services waste and recycling facility on Blue Gum Street. The body was found on top of a conveyer belt.

    Body Found Inside Trash Bin at OC Recycling Plant

    [LA] Body Found Inside Trash Bin at OC Recycling Plant
    Police were investigating a body found inside a trash bin at an Anaheim recycling plant. The body was found under a large pile of trash, officials said. Hetty Chang reports live for the NBC4 News at Noon on Friday, March 14, 2014.

    "We're looking for the last person who may have had contact with her prior to her death," said Lt. Tim Schmidt of the Anaheim Police Department.

    Estepp had a prostitution conviction in Oklahoma in 2012, police said.

    NBC4 obtained a video of Estepp, allegedly soliciting a customer that year. It is from an Oklahoma-based website, called johntv.com, that claims to help expose "Johns" who solicit prostitutes.

    Police are investigating how Estepp got to Orange County and whether prostitution brought her to Southern California.

    In February, NBC4 was given exclusive access to Orange County's Human Trafficking Task Force, which seeks to rescue girls from the sex trade.

    Much of their work is done near the area Estepp was last seen.

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