Published On: Wed, Apr 25th, 2018

Oakland human trafficking case: James Monroe charged for running teen girl sex trade

An Oakland man is now facing nine felony charges, including human trafficking, rape and kidnapping, as Contra Costa County prosecutors Tuesday filed charges in a sex trade bust.

James Monroe

James Monroe, 26, was charged with human trafficking of a minor, pimping, forcible rape, furnishing drugs on a minor, kidnapping, criminal threats and additional sexual assault charges. He was arrested Thursday after a Pittsburg police investigation.

According to Captain Steve Albanese, officers located the female and conducted a detailed interview with her where she described being forced into human trafficking by manipulation and intimidation and these incidents occurred at several locations in the SF Bay Area. During the investigation officers were able to identify the male suspect involved, Monroe, and began searching various locations for him.

Later the same evening officers located the man driving the vehicle as described by the female and placed him into custody.

On Tuesday, the District Attorney’s Office reviewed this case and filed charges against Monroe, to include kidnapping, sexual assault and terrorist threats. Monroe is being held on $875,000 bail.

“Human trafficking is a very real and serious issue in Contra Costa County and the Pittsburg Police Department will do what it takes to combat it,” said Captain Albanese. “The department continues to work with allied agencies and community resources to assist victims and bring those responsible to justice.”

Pittsburg Police ask anyone with information related to a suspected human trafficking incident to contact the Pittsburg Police Department Tip-Line at 925-252-4040 or Dispatch at 925-646-2441.

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