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News Release

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Media Relations

Human Trafficking of a 13-Year-Old Girl Ends In Conviction NR16159ti

Los Angeles: On May 9, 2016, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), Operations South Bureau Human Trafficking Task Force, in partnership with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office, concluded by way of felony conviction of a 2 month investigation into a claim of human trafficking of a minor.

The defendants in this matter, Roderick Houston, 33 years of age, of Norman, Oklahoma, and Amber Burroughs, 22 years of age from Los Angeles, California were both convicted of Human Trafficking of a Minor. The victim in this case was a 13-year-old female from Compton, California.

The investigation began when the 13-year-old victim reported the traffickers to the LAPD Operations South Bureau Human Trafficking Task force.

The investigation revealed that the suspects enticed and persuaded the minor to work as a prostitute along the Western Avenue corridor in South Los Angeles and in the Hollywood area, while they were in Los Angeles. The suspects took the victim to hotels and areas where prostitutes are known to loiter and used social media websites to advertise, sell and sexually exploit the 13-year-old minor.

On one specific occasion, Burroughs was depicted in photographs with the minor that was posted on an international escort websites advertising herself and the 13-year-old victim as escorts offering a "Late Night Two Girl Special".

Houston and Burroughs pled guilty in Los Angeles Superior Court to Human Trafficking of a Minor and received 6 year sentences for their crime.

Anyone with information in regards to this suspect is asked to call Operations South Bureau Human Trafficking Task Force at (213) 926-3963. 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 Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters "LAPD." Tipsters may also go to, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips."