Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Three arrested for sex trafficking; investigation continues

Three arrested for sex trafficking; investigation continues
Posted: Feb 5, 2019
Categories: Front Page, Crime
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From Louisiana State Police:

On Saturday, February 2, 2019, Louisiana State Police Troop N responded to a call for service at the Sheraton Hotel on Canal Street. While the Troopers were conducting the initial investigation, they determined that one of the subjects they were interviewing was a missing 16-year-old juvenile. The juvenile was listed as a runaway in the computer system. Through interviews, the Troopers found that the juvenile had been beaten, drugged, raped and “pimped” out by several different men in the past several days. Troopers immediately notified the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations Special Victims Unit, who arrived and assumed lead in the investigation. The juvenile was taken to a local hospital for medical evaluation and reunited with her family.

As Detectives from the Special Victims Unit continued their investigation, they identified three suspects from St. Tammany Parish who were involved with the juvenile sex trafficking. Detectives began working closely with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, who were actively searching for a runaway 17-year-old, identified as Destiny Mears of Mandeville. Through a coordinated effort with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, Detectives identified two additional suspects along with Mears, 39-year-old Jayson Figueroa and 23-year-old Cordarrell Roudolph, both of Slidell.

Figueroa and Roudolph were both identified as the individuals who drugged the juvenile with Xanax, Opioids and other drugs, raped her while she was incapacitated and beat her. Mears was identified as attempting to recruit the juvenile into prostitution.

On Monday, February 4, 2019, all three suspects were located in St. Tammany Parish. Arrest warrants were obtained and Figueora and Roudolph were booked into the St. Tammany Parish jail for Trafficking of a Child for Sexual Purposes, Second Degree Rape and Felony Carnal Knowledge of a Juvenile. Mears was booked for Trafficking of a Child for Sexual Purposes.

Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations Special Victims Unit, St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are continuing the investigation. Additional arrests may be forthcoming.

The National Human Trafficking Hotline is a national anti-trafficking hotline serving victims and survivors of human trafficking and the anti-trafficking community in the United States. The toll-free hotline is available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year in more than 200 languages. The National Hotline can be accessed by emailing help@humantraffickinghotline.org, submitting a tip through the online tip reporting form, and visiting the web portal at www.humantraffickinghotline.org. You can also call the hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or text at 233733.
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