Teen rescued from alleged human trafficker in San Pablo

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A 16-year-old victim of human trafficking was rescued after police located her at a San Pablo home, police said.

On Wednesday, March 8, Pinole police received a report that the teenage runaway from San Mateo County was in a house in Pinole and possibly being sex trafficked by a man, according to Pinole police Det. Sgt. Justin Rogers.

Pinole police responded to the home, but she wasn’t located. The department’s Criminal Investigation Division took over the case and was able to track and safely locate the minor, who was in the company of 18-year-old Christopher Sanchez-Rosales in San Pablo.

In an interview, the teen indicated she was being actively sex trafficked in the Bay Area, and there were plans to take her out of state, Sgt. Rogers said. 

Sanchez-Rosales, a San Pablo resident, was named as the suspect and placed under arrest. Police say he admitted to sex trafficking the victim.

Sanchez-Rosales was booked at the Martinez Detention Facility on suspicion of human trafficking of a minor.

The investigation is ongoing, Sgt. Rogers said.