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Juvenile victim of sex trafficking found safe, suspect arrested

Posted: 4:55 PM, Sep 01, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-01 17:56:44-04

ORLEANS PARISH – A juvenile victim of sex trafficking was found safe in New Orleans yesterday, and a man was arrested in connection with the crime.

According to a state police spokeswoman, the victim was a missing juvenile.

Troopers assigned to the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations Special Victims Unit, along with members of the FBI Human Trafficking Task Force, New Orleans Police Department and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, arrested 30-year-old Trevor Crawford.

Detectives quickly responded to a tip that came into the National Human Trafficking Hotline, which led to the safe recovery of the victim.

The spokeswoman says the victim provided crucial information identifying Crawford.

An arrest warrant was issued, and Crawford was found in New Orleans.

When he was located, he was found to be in possession of a 9mm handgun, a violation of a protection order, according to state police.

He was booked into the Orleans Parish Justice Center for trafficking of a child for sexual purposes, first-degree rape, carnal knowledge of a juvenile, battery of a dating partner, false imprisonment, and violation of a protection order.

The National Human Trafficking Hotline is a national anti-trafficking hotline, serving victims and survivors of human trafficking and the anti-trafficking community in the United States. The toll-free hotline is available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year in more than 200 languages. The hotline can be accessed by emailing help@humantraffickinghotline.org, submitting a tip through the online tip reporting form, and visiting the web portal at www.humantraffickinghotline.org . You can also call the hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or text at 233733.