Ohio trooper rescues teen sex trafficking victim

The teen, who was listed missing in a police database, was riding with a man the trooper stopped for a traffic violation


Dayton Daily News, Ohio

TOLEDO, Ohio — A trooper rescued a sex trafficking victim during a routine traffic stop near Toledo.

Trooper Mitch Ross from the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Swanton Post stopped a 2013 Nissan Sentra for a failure to move over violation on the Ohio Turnpike.

During the stop, the trooper noticed a teenage girl riding with a man. Neither had identification or spoke English, and a translator was called to assist. It was determined the girl was 15 and the man was 35, CBS affiliate WTOL-TV in Toledo reported.

Troopers also confirmed that the man had forced the girl to perform sex acts on him and that she was being taken to Chicago from New Jersey. The girl had been entered into police databases as a missing juvenile from New Jersey, WTOL reported.

The girl was taken to a hospital for medical care and the man was arrested. He was charged with abduction and is being held in the Lucas County Jail.

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©2019 the Dayton Daily News (Dayton, Ohio)

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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