Two Wichita men charged with human trafficking

03/20/2014 6:17 PM

08/08/2014 10:22 AM

Two Wichita men arrested earlier this week on suspicion of recruiting teen girls into the sex trade were charged Thursday in Sedgwick County District Court with multiple counts of human trafficking.

Polo L. Miller, 21, faces four counts of aggravated human trafficking and two counts of commercial sexual exploitation of a child. Co-defendant Alex J. Lane, 20, has been charged with two counts of aggravated human trafficking.

Their arrests Monday came after Wichita police officers identified three 16-year-old girls and a 13-year-old girl who had been recruited into a human trafficking scheme that had been the focus of several months of investigation, Capt. Jeff Weible said in an interview with The Eagle earlier this week. Police also observed “active recruiting for additional victims” during the investigation, he said.

Both men are due back in court April 3 for a preliminary hearing, said Dan Dillon, spokesman for the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s Office. Each remained in Sedgwick County Jail on Thursday afternoon in lieu of $250,000 bond in the case.

Miller was also being held on a $50,000 bond for failing to appear on a 2013 theft charge, an online roster of jail inmates and court records show.

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