An Alaska teenager brought to Texas by human traffickers has been located after a joint effort by Anchorage and Texas law enforcement officers, police say.
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The 19-year-old, whom authorities have not publicly named, was contacted by sex traffickers on Facebook, said Constable Mark Herman of Harris County, Texas, in a news release.
Texas deputies and investigators in Harris County, which includes Houston, found the teenager in a motel along with two other women. The other women would not cooperate and police released them.
The victim received services and was taken to a shelter pending her transport back to Alaska, authorities say.
Texas investigators are working with Alaska authorities to help locate other possible victims. A suspect in the sex trafficking case is facing charges.
Social media and phone apps like KIK, Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter have exploded in the last few years making it easier for human traffickers to contact and exploit children, Herman’s office said.
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