POLICE ARREST PIMP SUSPECT THEY THINK TRAFFICKED TEENS FROM PORTLAND TO SEATTLE
May 19, 2016
(SEATTLE, WA.) -- Seattle Police say the story went like this. A 30-year-old man they suspected was a pimp, in the classic sense of the word, thought he was in for a big payday when he loaded three teenage girls into a van and drove them from Portland to a Seattle hotel on Monday of this week.
The man believed he’d made a deal with a "John" (e.g., customer) who had offered to pay a large sum of money for "an overnight rendezvous with one of the teens," according to an SPD statement.
But that anticipated wild night with a teen never happened for when the purported pimp arrived at the hotel he was greeted not in a fraternal sense by a John but by a team SPD’s Vice/High-Risk Victims Unit detectives, who arrested him as part of a human trafficking investigation.
Seattle police say they started investigating the suspected pimp-master on Monday after the 17-year-old girl – who was reported missing in Seattle in mid-March – contacted a friend and said she was with the man and the friend then contacted police, who in turn contacted SPD's Vice/High-Risk Victims Unit which went to work.
Detectives were able to contact the suspect who agreed to bring the teen to Seattle Monday for the alleged illegal rendezvous.
After arresting the suspect at the hotel just before midnight, detectives went to the hotel parking lot to check the suspect’s van for other evidence and found two other girls, 15 and 16 years of age inside the vehicle.
Detectives released the three juveniles to their families and booked the 30-year-old suspect into the King County Jail for Investigation of Sexual Exploitation of a Child and a DUI warrant.