Human Trafficker Arrested
MEDFORD, Ore. — A California man is in the Jackson County Jail for trafficking women. 23-year-old Dennell Smith was arrested at a home in Medford on Monday.
Back in September, a woman contacted police saying her friend was being held against her will at a motel. Detectives believed the woman at the motel was a prostitute, but she did not come forward about her trafficker till a few weeks later.
During the investigation, another victim came forward. Smith was prostituting women from California to Oregon. For women who want to get out, there are few resources available.
“Being able to say, ‘okay we’re going to put you in a safe house…’ We don’t have that ability. We don’t have a safe house. So, a lot of it is left up to them to find a safe place where they feel safe,” explained Detective Jim Williams.
For many women who are exploited, they end up going back into prostitution.