SAN BERNARDINO – A 17-year-old San Bernardino County girl was nearly struck by a vehicle near Spruce and G Streets in the City of San Bernardino last week after refusing to engage in prostitution.
On Friday, April 20, 2018, at around 2:45 p.m. a San Bernardino Police detective witnessed the teen being nearly struck by a vehicle occupied by a male and a female, later identified as Matthew Fraise, 24, of Colton, and the passenger as Stacey Salgado, 27, Colton. The detective conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle and determined that the near collision with the teen was not accidental and may have been the result of human trafficking, with the minor being a possible victim of human trafficking.
At around 3:10 p.m. all three were transported to the San Bernardino Police Department for additional interview and investigators from the San Bernardino County Human Trafficking Task Force responded to assist officers from the San Bernardino Police Department arrived to assist in the investigation. Through investigation, it was determined that Fraise was currently pandering Salgado and the two were attempting to force the teen to work as a prostitute for them. The teen refused and walked away following a brief verbal altercation. Fraise picked up Salgado in a vehicle and as he left the area, he attempted to run the victim over as she walked along the roadway.
Fraise and Salgado were arrested and booked into San Bernardino Central Detention Center for Felony Pandering and Human Trafficking of a Minor. Both are being held in lieu of $150,000 each. The victim was provided services and later booked into San Bernardino County Juvenile Hall on an outstanding arrest warrant.
Anyone wishing to report activities or concerns related to Human Trafficking to the San Bernardino County Human Trafficking Task Force can do so directly by calling (909) 387-8400 or by Email at email@example.com. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may contact We-Tip at 1-888-78-CRIME, or you may leave information on the WE-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.
This article was written by a staff member of the 24/7 Headline News Organization
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