A teenager was returned home to her family in Sacramento after police said she was kidnapped off the street and forced into prostitution in Redding.
Her alleged pimp, Melvin Derrell Baldwin-Green Jr., 25, was arrested on a variety of charges, including kidnapping, human trafficking of a minor and unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.
The 16-year-old girl managed to escape the clutches of her captor in Redding on April 17. She flagged down citizens in the 1900 block of Hartnell Avenue and told them she had been held against her will in a nearby apartment.
Redding police said their investigation revealed that Baldwin-Green in early March forced her into his vehicle while she was walking home from a party in the Sacramento area.
Records indicate that the girl was reported as a runaway from the Sacramento. The runaway investigation indicated the girl may have been transported against her will to the Redding area by Baldwin-Green, according to a Redding police press release.
The girl told Redding police that she had been held against her will in two Redding apartments. Locks were on the windows of the apartments and interior doors required keys to open.
The girl said that Baldwin-Green took her cell phone and threatened to harm her if she tried to escape. She also said that she was forced to engage in acts of prostitution.
Baldwin-Green told her he would buy her a bus ticket back to Sacramento if she made enough money through engaging in sex acts with men, according to the press release.
Although the girl complied and turned the money over to Baldwin-Green, he refused to release her. Police said that while being held against her will the girl was molested by Baldwin-Green.
He was previously convicted of a prostitution-related offense and sentenced last year in Sacramento County. Baldwin-Green was arrested on Wednesday and was being held Thursday in Shasta County Jail in lieu of $1 million bail.
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