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Girl, 17, trafficked into US by Mexican national rescued after texting 911, relaying landmarks to authorities

A 17-year-old lady trafficked into the US from Mexico was rescued from a California home after texting 911, authorities stated Thursday.

The teen, who solely speaks Spanish, was smuggled into California by a 31-year-old Mexican national who’s accused of raping the younger lady, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office stated.

Authorities have been in a position to uncover the sickening crime when its communication middle started receiving texts in Spanish to 911 begging for assist round 3 a.m. on May 9.

Officials translating the messages labored to work out the place she was.

The sufferer didn’t know what her location was, however relayed landmarks and different “identifiable information’ she could see from the home, the sheriff’s office said.

The victim was found by police in Casitas Springs, 20 minutes after the search began.
The victim was found by police in Casitas Springs, 20 minutes after the search began. GRETCHEN WENNER/THE STAR via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Deputies began scouring the area as the call taker continued to text back and forth with the victim, the law enforcement agency said.

“After about twenty minutes of searching the area of Casitas Springs, the victim was found by deputies,” the sheriff’s workplace stated.

Authorities then situated and arrested suspect Gerardo Cruz, the sheriff’s workplace stated.

The victim didn't know what her location was, but relayed landmarks and other "identifiable information' she could see from the home, via text to the dispatchers.
The sufferer didn’t know what her location was, however relayed landmarks and different “identifiable information’ she could see from the home, via text to the dispatchers. MargJohnsonVA – stock.adobe.com

He was charged with human trafficking, forcible rape, lewd acts upon a child, luring and sexual penetration with force.

He’s being held in custody on $500,000 bail, the sheriff’s office said.

The girl was treated and was staying with Ventura County Child Family Services before she is reunited with her family.

“The ability to send a text message to an emergency call center is relatively new technology,” the sheriff’s workplace stated.

“This incident also utilized integrated translation technology as the call taker only spoke English and the victim only spoke and wrote in Spanish. The call taker was able to quickly interpret and text back a response in English, which was quickly re-translated to Spanish for the victim.”

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