Spokane detectives search for more potential trafficking victims


by Ashley Korslien & KREM.com


Posted on May 24, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 24 at 2:37 PM

SPOKANE-- Spokane County Sheriff's Deputies are uncovering a human trafficking ring where they say suspects forced victims into prostitution.
Authorities call this the first case of human trafficking in recent Spokane County history.

Authorities are hunting for more possible victims, but they may need to search multiple crime scenes spanning across Spokane Valley

One victim escaped this week and told police she saw other potential victims during her captivity.

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Investigators say the suspects may have moved the women between four Spokane area homes.

Authorities only released the addresses of two homes. One home is located near first and haven, the other sits right off of interstate-90 on east Nora.

The victim says she saw four or five other women at the house on Nora just a few days ago.

She says they were around the age of 18, and were sitting on a bed in the basement, which had a door with a deadbolt on it.

At this point this information is all detectives have to go on to locate these possible victims.  Officials have no exact ages, no names and don’t know how many others there might be.

Right now detectives are following all leads, and say their primary concern is victim's safety.

We’re told typically in trafficking situations, most victims never actually come foreword, which makes most of these cases nearly impossible to find out about. The main reason victims don’t speak out is the intimidation factor. A lot of times these suspects make violent threats to the victims and their families.

Even in situations where the victim is away from the suspects, many don't ever come forward to authorities.

Detectives ask anyone with information to call crime check at 456-2233.