West Baton Rouge Deputies save Montana teen from sex trafficking
POSTED: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 5:44pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 - 6:19pm
PORT ALLEN, LA (NBC33) — West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office deputies recovered a teen victim of child sex trafficking.
Colonel Richie Johnson, said US Marshals picked up Bryan T. Reason, 36, on Tuesday, Aug. 6 in East Baton Rouge. He was wanted by WBRSO on one count Tracking of Children for Sexual Purposes.
Deputies say they found a 16-year-old girl at the Walmart in Port Allen scared and stranded.
"At some point Mr. Reason quit paying her hotel room. She came forward to law enforcement and said I'm penniless and let me tell you all what's been going on," Johnson said.
She told deputies Reason had lured her from Montana to West Baton Rouge in late June.
"In this case this young lady just told her mom 'Hey mom. I'm going to Louisiana, see you later.' The mom had no issue with it and didn't report her missing," Johnson said.
When the teen arrived, Reason provided hotel rooms for the girl. He made arrangements for men to have sex with the girl for money.
Johnson explained, "We don't see it [child sex trafficking] much here in this parish. But, all off our officers are aware of it because of the training we do."
"It's out there, it's a big industry. They make a lot of money. A pimp can make $200,000 a year with these girls," Johnson described.
Deputies said it's a crime that can happen anywhere.
"We've seen it before, but anytime you have hotels available or areas for these guys to use they are going to use it," Johnson said. "You could have this situation on a traffic stop. where you stop someone on the interstate and they are human trafficking during that stop. "
US Marshals also arrested Christopher Horton, 43, in connection to this case on child sex trafficking charges.
Both Horton and Reason are now in West Baton Rouge Parish Prison. If convicted the men could face between 15 and 50 years in prison.