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Man, 25, arrested on suspicion of human trafficking involving teen

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, at 8:02 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, at 10:29 p.m.

A 25-year-old Wichita man was arrested this week on suspicion of aggravated human trafficking involving a teen girl.

According to a Wichita police report, authorities learned of the alleged crimes on Oct. 31 after the 16-year-old, who had been reported as a runaway earlier this year, disclosed that she had “acted as a prostitute as well as … sold drugs” for the man. She said the man was her boyfriend, the report states, and that she had been living with him for the past month at an address in the 2200 block of South Broadway.

The teen was taken to the Exploited and Missing Child Unit and interviewed by detectives, then transported to a local hospital for evaluation, according to the police report. She was turned over to the Wichita Children’s Home afterward.

Officers arrested the 25-year-old man Tuesday in the 1700 block of South Market, according to a Sedgwick County Jail booking report. He was jailed on suspicion of aggravated human trafficking, sheltering or concealing a runaway child, multiple drug offenses and a parole violation.

The man remained in custody Thursday in lieu of $1 million bond, jail records show. He is awaiting formal charges.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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