State Police: Man arrested, teen rescued from sex trafficking

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The Louisiana State Police announced Wednesday that a teenage girl had been rescued from sex trafficking and a man was arrested in connection with the incident.

On Tuesday, multiple agencies assisted in the arrest of Melvin Davis, 42, of New Orleans, for multiple charges in connection with the sex trafficking of a child.

The victim, a 16-year-old missing juvenile, is safe, according to LSP.

Detectives received information regarding the teen’s whereabouts, and, through investigation learned that the teen had escaped from a residence in New Orleans after being held captive for several weeks.

During the time she was held against her will, she was beaten and repeatedly raped by Davis, according to LSP.

Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Davis and a search warrant for the residence.

This investigation is active and ongoing.

Additional charges and further arrests are forthcoming.

Davis was booked into the Orleans Justice Center on the following charges:

  • Trafficking of children for sexual purposes
  • Third-degree rape
  • Felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile
  • False imprisonment
  • Possession of a firearm while in possession of a controlled dangerous substance
  • Possession with the intent to distribute a Schedule I controlled dangerous substance

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