Man who authorities believe was running teen prostitution ring arrested after chase

I am glad to see that more victims of domestic minor sex trafficking are being rescued and that their pimps are being arrested. This is wonderful to see as too many pimps have gone unscathed, while the victims are penalized. This type of news is what helps the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking staff continue to do the job that we do. It is pertinent to continue educating our community on this issue as this is truly the only way we all can help rescue victims of human trafficking.

Man who authorities believe was running teen prostitution ring arrested after chase
September 30, 2010 | 2:45 pm
A man who authorities believe was running a teen-prostitution operation involving runaway girls was charged Thursday with human trafficking of a minor, soliciting and pandering of a minor and burglary, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

Leroy Bragg was arrested Tuesday night in Hawthorne by officers from the LAPD’s vice squad after leading authorities on a chase after fleeing an apartment complex.

Police were conducting a search of the apartment and looking for a 14-year-old Upland girl when Bragg fled, the Daily Breeze reported. The girl is still missing.

Thursday’s charges involve a 13-year-old girl, according to Jane Robinson of the district attorney’s office. Bragg, 34, was being held on $1.3-million bail.

The Upland girl may have been taken from her home by people with ties to the alleged prostitution operation, according to the Daily Breeze.

If convicted, the case would constitute a third strike for Bragg, who has prior convictions for residential burglary, according to documents in the case.

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