A woman led detectives to suspected human traffickers, the Spokesman-Review reported.
The victim, who lives in Spokane, told police that she had been held captive and sold for sex at motels and meth houses for the past year, which led to the arrest of Lawrence Dean Johnson, 43, on human trafficking charges, the paper reported.
The information that the woman provided to detectives was verified through property records and prior police reports, including an arrest in March of a Level 3 sex offender, Trevor L. Franklin, 21, who was accused of assaulting a woman. He pleaded guilty to third-degree assault earlier this month, the Spokesman-Review said.
Franklin had been previously convicted of threatening to kill a developmentally delayed woman if she refused to have sex with him. A sex offender notification from September 2009 also reported that Franklin had sexual contact with five others who were between 9 and 15 years old; Franklin was not charged in those incidents.
When police arrested Franklin at a hotel, the victim was hysterical and shaking. Her 2-year-old son was also present.
She told police that she had been dating Franklin for several months but that he also was "holding her captive," forced her to smoke meth and often beat and burned her. She also said he had raped her. The woman appeared to have been assaulted, as there were bruises all over her body.
The woman wnet to the Spokane Public Safety Building on May 22 and identified Johnson and others as suspects. Johnson's wife, Dina K. Tellez, 43, Christopher G. Foster, 33, and Shanell L. Haddon, 28, were also arrested.
Spokane detective Dave Skogen said this was the first human trafficking case that he had seen and that there may be more victims and more arrests made as the investigation continues.