LA police say dozens more victims possible in case of alleged pimp accused of kidnapping girlsBy AP
Monday, October 4, 2010
LAPD seeks other victims of alleged child pimp
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles police say there could be dozens of other victims of a man they suspect of kidnapping two teenage girls and forcing them into prostitution.
Capt. Ann Young said Monday that Leroy Bragg befriended girls and young women in the Los Angeles area then forced them to work for him.
The 34-year-old Bragg has been charged with recruiting a 13-year-old girl into prostitution. He has pleaded not guilty to human trafficking, crimes involving a minor and an unrelated burglary.
He also is suspected of kidnapping a 14-year-old girl, though charges have not been filed in that case.
Young says the two victims were found as part of an investigation into hotels to see if rooms were being rented for prostitution purposes.
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