May 14, 2016
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Richmond police said they saved a teenage human trafficking victim after arresting her pimp on Monday.

The incident occurred on 23rd Street at Wendell Avenue about 9:30 p.m., Richmond police Lt. Felix Tan said.

Officers responded to calls of a possible battery inside a parked car there. A police sergeant responded and located the car. Inside was a man and teenage girl.

Another officer noticed the female appeared to be distraught and spent time chatting with her, as he has training in such matters.  He learned she was from Oakland, and that the 40-year-old Oakland man she was with was her pimp, Tan said.

“The suspect was arrested and the teenager was brought to the police department where she was provided with resources and a safe shelter,” Tan said.

Tan shared a list of valuable resources for victims of human trafficking and sexual assault:

National Human Trafficking Resource Center

National Sexual Assault Hotline (24 hour support): 1-800-656-HOPE(4673) (Spanish speaking services available)

STAND! Against Families Free of Violence Crisis Line: 888-215-5555 (Spanish speaking services available)

Community Violence Solutions: Rape Crisis Center (24 hour support) 800-670-7273 (Spanish speaking services often available)

You can also receive assistance from the Family Justice Center at 256 24th Street, Richmond 510-965-4949.


About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.