LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Four men and a woman accused of forcing two girls into prostitution were behind bars on Saturday.

The underage victims, believed to be runaways, were placed into protective custody, pending familial notification.

Detective Javier Cruz told KNX 1070’s Bob Brill that the girls, one from Missouri and the other from Louisiana, were recruited through social media and were promised a lot of money.

One of the victims was located at a motel in the city of Artesia while the other victim was found at a South Los Angeles home, according to authorities. Both were found Friday afternoon.

Sheriff’s deputies say the girls underwent medical evaluation and appeared to be in good physical health.

The five unidentified suspects, four of which were South Los Angeles residents, were being held at the Century Regional Detention Facility in lieu of more than $300,000 each.

The fifth suspect was from Long Beach, authorities said.

An investigation was ongoing.


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