POMONA (CBSLA) – Pomona police rescued a missing 17-year-old girl who detectives said she was a victim of human trafficking, authorities said on Saturday.
Members of the Pomona Sexual Exploitation and Human Trafficking Team were patrolling the Holt Corridor Friday night when they spotted the girl who looked out of place, Pomona Police Cpl. Angela Torres said.
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When officials contacted her, she told them she was a victim of sexual exploitation, Torres said.
Officers took her into protective custody and drove her to the police station, where she told detectives that she had been dragged through southern California last year and even taken to Nevada and Colorado to work as a prostitute.
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Police then contacted the child and family services department, which appointed an attorney for the girl, Torres said. She was released into the care of DCFS, and the agency planned to reunite her with her family.
Her case has continued to be investigated by Pomona police, Torres said.
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