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Thursday, April 17, 2014

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50-year-old Female and 40-year-old Male Arrested for Human Trafficking NR14151nv

Los Angeles:  Based on a criminal investigation initiated on March 25, 2014, by Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), Robbery Homicide Division Detectives working the Los Angeles Metropolitan Task Force on Human Trafficking, arrested a 50-year-old female and a 40-year-old male for alleged human trafficking violations.

The arrests were the result of an ongoing three week labor related human trafficking investigation involving an 11-year-old female.  The investigation led Robbery-Homicide Detectives to the arrest of 50-year-old Dora Alicia Valle and 40-year-old Estrada Melvin Sandoval.

After reviewing the investigation, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, filed multiple charges against Valle and Sandoval for the claim of human trafficking of a minor.

Anyone with further information regarding this matter is asked to contact the LAPD, Robbery-Homicide Division Detectives at (213) 486-6840.  During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247).  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477).  Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone.  All text messages should begin with the letters “LAPD.”  Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.

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