Don't Mess With Texas: Man Accused of Transporting Teens for Prostitution
After being taken into custody on Friday, a Santa Ana man is accused of coaxing three underage girls out of the Lone Star State and transporting them to the OC with the intention of selling them into prostitution, reports the OC Register. The man, 26-year-old Samuel Martinez Gonzalez, reportedly invited the girls to California for a beach trip. When they got here, though, rather than sunny skies and warm sand, he allegedly took them to dress shops where he bought them dresses and heels, so they could "go to work" for him, according to L.A. Now.
The girls, who had been missing since August 6, were found after one of their relatives tipped off the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Officials tracked Martinez through a cell phone that was used by one of the girls. They were reportedly staying with him at a motel, along with two other women and potentially a fourth girl.
Martinez is now facing charges of transportation of minors with the intent of engaging in sexual activity, and could face ten years to life in prison.