Illegal Immigrant Arrested in New Jersey for Keeping Child Sex Slave
State trooper pulled over vehicle to discover missing 15-year-old girl from NJ
An illegal immigrant has been arrested after he was pulled over during a traffic stop and caught with a missing girl from New Jersey who he was allegedly keeping as a child sex slave, according to reports.
Juan Carlos Morales-Pedraza was arrested on human trafficking charges after he was pulled over by a state trooper while traveling with the 15-year-old to Chicago.
The 33-year-old is accused of abducting the teen in Paterson, NJ, and sexually assaulting her.
“During the stop, OSHP says the officer noticed a young female riding with an older male,” tweeted the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
“Police say it was also confirmed that the man had forced the girl to perform acts on him and that the girl was being taken to Chicago from New Jersey.”
During the stop, OSHP says the officer noticed a young female riding with an older male. Police say it was also confirmed that the man had forced the girl to perform acts on him and that the girl was being taken to Chicago from New Jersey. https://t.co/3RXlZQlQXB— Ohio State Patrol (@OSHP) April 17, 2019
Morales-Pedraza — who is charged with abduction — was driving a 2013 Nissan Sentra when was pulled over near Toledo, cops said.
An interpreter was called in after it was established that Morales-Pedraza was unable to speak English.
It wasn’t until authorities entered the teen’s information into the police database that they discovered she had been listed as missing.
State officials told reporters that Morales-Pedraza had been living in the U.S. illegally and was previously deported.
Investigators determined that Morales-Pedraza is of El Salvadoran descent.
Other reports, however, suggest that he may have been from Mexico.
He was still being held Tuesday night at the Lucas County Jail.