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Traffic stop leads to midtown sex trafficking bust

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A routine traffic stop in Marana leads to a much bigger bust: human sex trafficking in midtown.

Three teenage girls are home safe after being sold for sex.

A traffic stop near Cortaro and Hartman Road led police to a trailer park near Ruthrauff and Romero.

Marana Police Officer Scott Bennett said that during the traffic stop, a man confessed to knowing where a runaway was, that she was being sold for sex and given drugs, all at a trailer park in midtown.

Officer Bennett told the girl's mother. She investigated on her own, found the trailer park and demanded her daughter back.

Tucson police were called in, and according to the mom, suspects were arrested after two other teens were found there.

Tonight, Tucson News Now spoke with a woman who was a victim of sex trafficking. She says this is happening all over the world.

"They don't believe that they are being used. These guys will tell them a sob story, tell them that they need their help just this once, or whatever, and they'll go back to them over and over again, no matter how bad it gets."

Jerry Brown, the head of the Southern Arizona Human Trafficking Task Force, says his best advice is to call 911 if you see something that doesn't look right.

"This is the fifth case in the last three months," Brown said. "Is it because more is happening or is it because more people are becoming aware, law enforcement is more aware or more are being reported? We don't know."

He said sex trafficking is something we all need to talk about if we want to put it to an end.

For more information about sex trafficking in Souther Arizona, click here.

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