Woman Leads Deputies To Prostitution Ring In San Bernardino


SAN BERNARDINO (AP) — Authorities in San Bernardino County say a woman who was kidnapped and forced to work as a prostitute led police to evidence of a prostitution ring.

The sheriff’s department said Monday that the victim flagged down a deputy on Friday and said she had been kidnapped in Long Beach the day before and taken to San Bernardino where she was left on the street with no phone, ID or money.

Police used her account to lure two suspects, 28-year-old Edward Bell and 28-year-old Octavia Howard, to the city of Highland, where they were arrested on suspicion of kidnapping to induce prostitution.

The pair will be arraigned Tuesday and are being held on $250,000 bail.

It wasn’t clear if they had retained attorneys.

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