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Sunday, February 23, 2020

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Human Trafficking Suspect & Additional Victims Sought NR20048rc

Van Nuys: The Los Angeles Police Department's Van Nuys Vice Unit is asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the arrest of a 32-year-old male involved in human trafficking. In addition, vice investigators are looking for any additional victims.

On February 12, 2020, around 4:30 pm, an 18-year-old female contacted officers at Hart Street and Sepulveda Boulevard and said she was a victim of Human Trafficking. The suspect met the victim at a liquor store in the city of Victorville, CA. The suspect glamorized a life of money and travel to the victim. The suspect knew the victim's financial situation, home struggles and coerced her to work as a prostitute. When she refused, the suspect escalated his aggression by using physical force causing the victim to fear for her safety, and work as a prostitute at the direction of the suspect.

The suspect is described as a 32-year-old male black with black hair styled in long dreads. He has brown eyes. He stands 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs about 175 pounds. He goes by the nickname of "Creole Blood." He has tattoos on his abdomen, and frequents the Pomona, Victorville, and South Los Angeles areas.

Anyone who sees the Suspect or has additional information is urged to call the Van Nuys Community Police Station at (818) 374-9500. If you are a Victim of Human Trafficking you are urged to call Officer Gehart at (818) 374-0065. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.



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