The Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force (OCHTTF) recently receivedinformation from the Fresno Police Department regarding a female juvenile who was arunaway and was possibly the victim of human trafficking in Orange County. LateFriday evening, January 15, 2016, the ongoing investigation led Task Forceinvestigators to an Anaheim motel in the 2200 block of S. Harbor Blvd. An undercoveroperation was initiated and a 17year old female was rescued from two male traffickers.Teantre Millro, 20, Clovis, was booked at Orange County Jail and is being held on$70,000 bail. A 16 year old male was also arrested for Human Trafficking and wasbooked at Orange County Juvenile Hall.
During the initial operation, investigators developed leads regarding another group whowere allegedly trafficking juveniles in the city of Santa Ana. A second undercoveroperation was initiated and another 17 year old female was brought to a motel inAnaheim by two additional male suspects. The suspects brought the juvenile victim toAnaheim with the understanding she was going to be trafficked for sex. Upon detainingthe males, investigators learned they had two additional female juveniles in the vehicle,one 15 years old and the other 14 years old. All three victims were rescued. JonathanHampton, 23, Clovis, and Martrell Mahone, 19, Fresno were booked at the OrangeCounty Jail on three counts of human trafficking of minors. They are being held on$70,000 bail.
In following established protocols in Orange County, representatives from SocialServices and victim advocates (Community Service Programs) responded and madecontact with the juveniles. They will coordinate the reunification of the victims with theirparents or guardians. The 18 hour long investigation and two separate undercoveroperations illustrate the priority the OCHTTF places on rescuing victims of humantrafficking, especially when it involves juveniles. It also shows the coordination thattakes place between law enforcement agencies from throughout the state when itcomes to rescuing juveniles victimized by human traffickers.
The Orange County Human Trafficking Task Force was formed in August 2014 and is a collaborative effort between Anaheim Police Department, California Highway Patrol, Irvine Police Department, Orange County District Attorney’s Office, Orange County Sheriff’s Department, and Santa Ana Police Department.