A 34-year-old man has been accused of forcing two runaway girls to work as prostitutes in Southern Los Angeles. Because the two girls are only young teenagers, ages 13 and 14, the suspect can face serious consequences if convicted of soliciting a minor.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the suspect Leroy Bragg from Hawthorne was arrested after a family contacted the Los Angeles Police Department, saying that the 13-year-old girl was being held against her will. The suspect was then booked into the Men's Central Jail and was being on held on $1.3 million bail. Last week, the county district attorney's office charged Leroy Bragg with multiple felony counts, including human trafficking involving a minor, soliciting for a minor prostitute under 16, pandering by procuring a minor under 16 and first-degree burglary. The man faces a life sentence in prison if convicted of all the charges
Apparently the suspect has already had three prior criminal convictions that include residential burglary offenses. What's worse? LAPD officers believe that the man could have victimized more women and young girls. Prosecutors say that additional criminal charges are expected to be filed against Leroy Bragg.
Anybody who has information about the suspect is encouraged to call LAPD Det. Hector Sanchez at (213) 486-0957. People wishing to report an anonymous tip can call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS or text 274637. To learn more information on prostitution crimes, sex offenses, or human trafficking, you can visit our Related Resources pages.