Oshay Small, 24, and year-old Cornelius Wells were each arrested on multiple counts of child lake Mesa Arizona sex trafficking by Mesa police detectives in the Human Exploitation and Tracking Unit, police said. The arrests were made at a hotel near Metro Center Mall in Adizona and came at the end of a 5-month investigation of Small and Wells.
Police said at the time of their arrests, Small and Wells came in contact Mdsa year-old females through Facebook and reportedly began lake Mesa Arizona sex the girls shortly.
The victims left home and were reported as runaways, police said.
Some of the victims were transported to Tucson, while others were taken to El Paso, Texas. The suspects were reportedly using Backpage. In January, the site came under fire after a Senate subcommittee found that Backpage had created a lucrative marketplace that made child sex trafficking easier.
Small was arrested on eight different counts of child sex trafficking, two counts of sex trafficking, two counts of receiving earnings from prostitution and one count of illegal control of an enterprise. It was not immediately known whether either men had Arizoja attorney.
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