SANTA ANA (CBS/AP) — A man was charged Monday with bringing three teenage girls from Texas to Southern California to work as prostitutes.

KNX 1070’s Ron Kilgore Reports

The girls were reported missing Friday after relatives in Irving, Texas, said they had received calls from the 15- to 16-year-old girls saying they were staying in a motel in Orange County with a man they met through a friend. The mother of two of the girls told authorities that her daughters called to say they were being forced to take drugs and work as prostitutes, according to a federal affidavit.

Investigators traced the calls to a cell phone belonging to Samuel Martinez Gonzalez, 26, and tracked it to an area off Interstate 5 in Santa Ana. There, they spotted him walking with three young women, including one who was reported missing, the affidavit said.

About an hour later, they were led to a motel room in nearby Orange where they found the other two missing girls.

The girls said Gonzalez invited them to California to see the beach, but that when they arrived he took them shopping for “hoochie dresses” and then to a restaurant where he told them he expected them to work as prostitutes, the affidavit said.

During the probe, investigators found receipts in Gonzalez’s wallet for condoms and empty boxes of condoms in the motel room.

They also picked up a call to his cell phone from someone who wanted to arrange sexual services.

“This is every parent’s nightmare,” said Claude Arnold, special agent in charge for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigation in Los Angeles.

“Fortunately … the three Texas girls were rescued before they could be forced to engage in any acts of prostitution.”

Investigators believed two young women who were with Gonzalez when he was arrested were already working for him as prostitutes.

One was believed to be 18 years old. The other was underage.

The Texas teens were taken into protective custody and the underage girl is being cared for by a relative, authorities said.

Gonzalez told investigators that while visiting Texas, a friend asked to come with him to California and bring her friends along, the affidavit said.

He said he didn’t know the girls’ names and believed that they were 18 and 19 years old.

Gonzalez was charged with transporting minors with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. He faced up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

A federal magistrate ordered him held without bond on Monday and set his arraignment for Sept. 6.

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Comments (11)
  1. deebro says:

    It sounds like these girls knew what they were getting into and got scared once the reality of it hit them. No girls sneak to a beach, 20hrs away from home with a man friend. If he were truly forcing them, as in kidnapping, he was rather generous letting the girls use his cell phone. What in the world? Either way, this whole situation is sick!

    1. Stryker 21 says:

      Another ILLEGAL ALIEN here to work hard and support his family.


    This country will never regain it’s greatness of old until those who engage in evil like this within it’s borders are given the ultimate punishment. Criminals have become more daring and ruthless, but the US justice system has not adjusted it’s levels of punishment to match this increase in violence, which has only encouraged more of this behavior.

  3. fed up says:

    SOOOOO, where are all of you racist punks who claim that sex crimes are commited only by WHITES??? Come on…. quit hiding behind your computers you jerks.

    1. TheWindrunner says:

      I’ve never seen a White pimp, nor any idiot proclaming that whites are the only ones commiting sex crimes. What’s that all about?

  4. JebbieBush says:

    Hey Fed Up, the whites are citizens. The browns are not. There IS a difference.

  5. will says:

    jebbiebush you are exactly whats wrong with this country, im brown and more american than you will ever be.

  6. will says:

    every person that has commented on here has family that immigrated here from somewher at one point the borders were open now they are not. if you were born dirt poor and could jump a fence to earn money tenfold ,you probably would. Im not saying every mexican should, but its gone too far, if you feel strongly about it, get a job doing border patrol, otherwise, keep your day job….

  7. Diana says:

    Honestly, i am not a Hispanic. i have nothing against anyone. I know something not all illegal aliens are BAD! Some come to this country to work, now i think all this kind of illegal aliens should be send back to their country or whatever. Leave the good people here /

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