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Wichita man, 35, arrested on suspicion of human trafficking

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013, at 9:01 p.m.
  • Updated Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, at 10:58 a.m.

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Wichita police on Tuesday arrested a 35-year-old Wichita man on suspicion of two counts of aggravated human trafficking.

Officers investigating a recent report of possible sexual exploitation of a minor found evidence that a 17-year-old girl and a 31-year-old woman were the subject of online advertisements offering the “sale of sexual relations,” said Lt. Jeff Weible of the Exploited and Missing Child Unit.

A police incident report indicates photos of the victims were posted “on an online website escort service” sometime between Friday and Saturday. Weible would not name the website featuring the ads nor say how police learned about them.

Rico J. Brown of Wichita was arrested at his home in the 300 block of North Market Street in connection with the report, a Sedgwick County Jail booking report shows. He remained in Sedgwick County Jail on Tuesday evening in lieu of $500,000 bond.

Brown has not been formally charged. He has previous convictions for drug sales, drug possession and criminal possession of a firearm stemming from a 2007 Sedgwick County case, according to the Kansas Department of Corrections.

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

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