Human trafficking case de-activated due to lack of evidence

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on January 10, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 10 at 7:21 PM

SPOKANE--The story of one of the first human trafficking cases in recent history in Spokane County got a lot of attention last spring, but now with the decision to de-activate the case, the allegations first made don't carry much value.
   
In late May of last year a 21-year-old woman told detectives she and four or five other women were held against their will in a home in Spokane Valley.  She said for around a year she was taken around to hotels in the area and forced to have sex with multiple men.
   
Four people were arrested on charges of human trafficking and almost immediately questions were raised about the woman's story.  Suspects like Christopher Foster said the claim she was forced into having sex was a lie and the woman was a known prostitute.
   
Alice Schroeder claims she was the woman's former landlord and also came forward trying to discredit her story, but the sheriff's office says they've always ignored those accusations.
   
Months later, a lack of evidence forced detectives to step back from the case.  They never found anything to pursue any charges.  Detectives say if more evidence comes forward they could re-activate the case.  For now they don't think it's fair to question the woman's story.

KREM 2 News reached out to all of the hotels mentioned in court documents and they either did not want to comment on this story or didn’t return our calls.  KREM2 also tried to get in touch with the suspects named in the case but could not reach them.    

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