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Second suspect arrested in human trafficking case

By Shay Arthur
Published On: May 16 2014 08:53:55 PM CDT
Updated On: May 16 2014 09:14:04 PM CDT

Tanishia Williams

REDDING, Calif. -

A second suspect was arrested in a human trafficking case in Redding Friday.

Redding Police Sergeant Todd Cogle said 21-year-old Tanisha Williams turned herself in Wednesday.

Cogle said she was present while a 16-year-old girl was held against her will in an apartment in Redding and assisted in promoting the teen into prostitution.

Yesterday police released details into a human trafficking case involving a 16-year-old girl out of Sacramento.

Along with Williams 25-year-old Melvin Baldwin-Green Jr. sits at the Shasta County Jail on a slew of charges including kidnapping, human trafficking and unlawful sexual acts with a child.

"In Redding, in my time here and I've been with the Department 15 years, I've never seen a case such as this where a juvenile has been brought to Redding with the purpose of prostitution," said Redding Police Sgt. Todd Cogle.

"In Redding, in my time here and I've been with the Department 15 years, I've never seen a case such as this where a juvenile has been brought to Redding with the purpose of prostitution," - Police Sgt.

It was last month when a 16-year-old girl flagged down citizens on the 1900 block of Hartnell Avenue.

The young woman said she had been held against her will inside a nearby apartment but had managed to escape.

She also told investigators she was kept at a home on Olive Street as well.

According to police the teenager is from Sacramento and was reported as a run-away.

Baldwin-Green, was an acquaintance who allegedly forced her into his car.

Over the course of a month the teen was made to engage in sexual acts with men.

According to police Baldwin-Green posted her sexual services online and threatened her life if she tried to escape.

On Wednesday investigators located another internet escort ad believed to be placed by Baldwin-Green.

In a sting operation investigators arranged a meeting with a prostitute working with him at the Super 8 Motel in Redding.

Police said Baldwin-Green dropped the female off and was arrested by investigators as he was leaving the location.

"As a father myself, I have two young girls, this type of stuff strikes close to home for me," Cogle lamented.

Human trafficking is an unusual case in the Northstate but Cogle said nation-wide it's becoming a problem.

"Our children are falling victim to things like this they are one of the most vulnerable segments of our society."