Two Fresno men charged with sex trafficking minors in SLO
December 9, 2013
Law enforcement officers arrested two Fresno men last week for sex trafficking two female minors in San Luis Obispo and other areas.
Javier Solis, 28, and Michael Anthony Andrade, 33, brought two female minors, ages 15 and 17, to San Luis Obispo and forced them to work as prostitutes and use illegal drugs, according to the San Luis Obispo Police Department.
In late October, San Luis Obispo police learned that one victim had escaped to safety in the Central Valley, but the other possibly remained in captivity in a San Luis Obispo motel. Officers searched the motel and rescued the woman but did not find the suspects.
San Luis Obispo officers then aided the Fresno Police Department and the FBI in a follow up investigation, which led to the arrests of Solis and Andarde in Fresno on December 3.
Solis and Andrade are believed to have used force and fear tactics to coerce the female victims into multiple acts of prostitution in San Luis Obispo and other areas. The suspects would then use the money collected from the prostitution to purchase narcotics and to support their lifestyles as pimps.
Federal prosecutors will indict Solis and Andrade in U.S. District Court in Fresno for sex trafficking minors through force, fraud or coercion.
The San Luis Obispo Police Department states that prostitution is often not a victimless crime and that it will not tolerate such behavior.