3 men arrested for human trafficking in Ventura

March 26, 2017

Ventura Police arrested three men Saturday on charges of human trafficking, police said.

In response to a call to the National Human Trafficking Center hotline, officers headed to the area of Victoria Avenue and Victoria Road and found a 17-year-old girl hiding near a hotel. The teen told police she had been forced into prostitution in San Diego then brought to the Central Coast.

Three men had allegedly threatened the teen to make sure she followed their demands. The three men then checked into the La Quinta Inn on Valentine Road with two other females, the teen told officers.

Officers transported the teen to a safe house.

After the three male suspects left the hotel in a car, officers made a enforcement stop that led to the arrest of Brian Kattrel Lewis, 21, Dashawn Marquese Jackson, 18, and Dameon Rasheed Howard, 20.

Police booked the suspects into the Ventura County Main Jail on felony human trafficking and conspiracy charges. Lewis is also facing a weapons charge because of a gun found in the car.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to contact the Ventura Police Department at (805) 339-4465. An anonymous tip can be made by calling Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.


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Ben Daho

As the father of a victim, I don’t know what I would do if I came across that situation. My daughter was seriously traumatized and seriously damaged by her Ex. to see someone that was a champion athlete, wanted to do stand up comedy and always the life of the party sit and look into the distance and when we used to taunt and mock and have hilarious 1 line battle of wits and she know says “you’re trying to be funny, huh?” You wonder what did i miss? what day was the turning point that i could have figured something out. was it the bruises from the horseback fall? The clump of hair missing because “I’m just clumsy dad, my hair got caught in the car door?


When I see these guys that are “looking for young” I want to do something. Unfortunately the conservatives want everything to be profit based. programs are unavailable or slashed. my grandson was in trouble and we felt needed some third party help. $40,000 but, that was a NEW method that “We’re seeing positive results’ “Oh, you don’t have the money? Can you borrow from your friends and family? Love has not geography’ I was told.


I know. I had to vent.


Slosum

I’m sure Dashawn, Dameon and Brian were just minding their own business and somehow got caught up in an illegal sting. Can’t be their fault. No way.


Frederick1337

Profit motive? Nuff said.


circlingthedrain

Such a high degree of disregard for human life and a complete void of empathy for suffering–for such young offenders. This is becoming a more common trend these says. Like the 17-year-old who held down a child while her boyfriend raped the child–and filmed it on her phone as well. The space where there is supposed to be a human–contains some other “thing”.