Police arrest man accused of trafficking 2 missing teen girls from Long Beach, LA

Long Beach police announced they found two missing teenage girls who were allegedly being trafficked by two men in Montclair.

Officers arrested 23-year-old Semaj Kelly from San Bernardino on Sept. 18 on suspicion of human trafficking of a minor. He is being held on a $175,000 bail. A second man, 27-year-old Marcus Jones from Los Angeles, is also expected to be arrested in the case. He is currently in federal custody on unrelated drug charges, police said.

Detectives started investigating a missing person case of a 15-year-old girl from Long Beach on Feb. 20 when they learned the girl was being trafficked in Montclair. They arranged to meet her and eventually recovered her on March 10, police said. They also found another trafficking victim, a missing 16-year-old from Los Angeles, and recovered her three days later.

Police believe Jones and Kelly were sex traffickers who forced the girls to perform prostitution acts for them. The victims were provided with services through the Los Angeles County First Responder Protocol for Sexually Exploited Children.

Police ask that anyone with information regarding this investigation to call the Vice Investigation Detail at 562-570-7219.

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Valerie Osier is the Social Media & Newsletter Manager for the Long Beach Post. She started at the Post in 2018 as a breaking news reporter. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from the Cal State Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband and two cats.
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