Two people were indicted on Friday by a Clark County grand jury for sex trafficking teenage girls in Las Vegas.
David E Walker Jr., 23, and Corianna M. Butler, 21, were arrested on Sept. 18. and face multiple counts of first-degree kidnapping, sex trafficking, and child abuse, neglect or endangerment.
Walker also was charged with one count each of statutory seduction and living from the earnings of a prostitute.
Sex trafficking teenage girls in Las Vegas has become a growing problem.
Young girls, from all walks of life, can easily be lured by a smooth talking pimp.
Oftentimes, the pimp will befriend young girls, feign a romantic interest in them and shower them with attention and material items in order to gain their trust.
Then, the young girls, are coerced into prostitution and are often isolated from family and friends.
Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Mast said Nevada has a significant problem with sex trafficking. She told the Las Vegas Review Journal,
The youngest child sex-trafficked in Las Vegas was 13 years old and the youngest in Reno was 12 years old.
The three teen victims in this case are all female; two are 15-years old and one is 13-years-old.
Both Walker Jr. and Butler, according to online records have extensive criminal histories in Las Vegas with multiple arrests.
Including his latest arrest, Walker Jr. has been arrested at least five times since February 2012.
Some of the charges include burglary, sex assault, coercion with threat of force, unlawful acts of financial responsibility, child abuse, kidnapping and multiple arrests for marijuana possession and motor vehicle violations.
Butler has been arrested numerous times for solicitation or engaging in prostitution. She has also been arrested for unlawful acts of financial responsibility, loitering, trespassing, pandering, kidnapping and child abuse.
Walker is being held without bond. Bail was set for Butler at $150,000.
Their next hearing is scheduled for Oct. 29 at 8:30 a.m.
If you are victim of sex trafficking and need or want help, please contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) 1-888-373-7888 or text BeFree (233733).
The confidential hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to take reports from anywhere in the country related to potential trafficking victims, suspicious behaviors, and/or locations where trafficking is suspected to occur.