South San Francisco: Two arrested on suspicion of abducting woman, forcing her to perform sex work

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO – A 33-year-old San Francisco man and an 18-year-old Stockton woman have been arrested on suspicion of abducting a 22-year-old woman and forcing her to work as a prostitute, police said.

At 6 a.m. Sunday, officers were called to the area of South Airport Boulevard and Wondercolor Lane in South San Francisco for a report of a woman who had been assaulted by a man armed with a gun, the South San Francisco Police Department said in a news release.

Officers found the victim at a business on the 300 block of South Airport Boulevard.

The suspects were found nearby in a vehicle and were taken into custody, police said.

An investigation revealed the victim had been abducted at gunpoint in Oakland on Sunday. Police said the suspects drove the victim to South San Francisco, where they assaulted her. She was then forced to prostitute herself in Oakland and San Francisco, police said.

The victim was taken back to South San Francisco, where she was held in a hotel room against her will, police said. She eventually escaped her captors and called for help.

The suspects were booked into San Mateo County jail. The San Francisco man was booked on charges of conspiracy to commit a crime, false imprisonment, human trafficking, pandering by procuring, criminal threats, pimping, stalking and kidnapping for ransom. The Stockton woman was booked on charges of conspiracy to commit a crime, false imprisonment, criminal threats, stalking and kidnapping for ransom.

At the time of his arrest, the man was on post release community supervision for pandering, police said.

The victim received services through the San Mateo County Human Trafficking Initiative and was reunited with her family, police said.

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