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September 25, 2013

Two arrested for human trafficking, kidnapping

LAKE CHARLES, La. — A man and woman were arrested Simple Kidnapping and Human Trafficking charges.

The Lake Charles Police Department was advised of a missing 19 year old female from Huntsville, Alabama that was reported in the Lake Charles area on Sunday.

According to the victim's mother, her daughter had been missing since Friday, September 20. She stated that her daughter was being held in Lake Charles against her will and being threatened with both her life and her family's life if she tried to leave.  Sergeant Michael Whitfield, Officer Tyler Gatson, and Detective Larry Newingham verified that a missing (endangered) person's report was on file with Huntsville Police Department.   

Investigation revealed that the victim left Huntsville, Alabama freely with both suspects but once they arrived in Beaumont, Texas, the victim's phone was taken away from her and she was given a “GO” phone.  The victim was shown her personal web page on an Internet site advertising her as an escort and was told she would provide escort services for men.  

After one night in Beaumont, the victim and both suspects traveled to Lake Charles. Once in Lake Charles, the suspects established another personal web page advertising the victim as an escort in the Lake Charles area.

The victim contacted her mother and advised her of her location and movements in an attempt to obtain help in escaping from the suspects.  Lake Charles Police Officers worked with the parents and were able to locate the victim and safely secure her uninjured.

The victim was later released to her parents.

Both suspects were later located in a local hotel where they were arrested by Sergeant Michael Whitfield, Officer Tyler Gatson, Officer Dennis Shriver and Detective Larry Newingham. Suspects were booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center on Simple Kidnapping and Human Trafficking charges.  

Ivory Charles Pantallion III, 33 male, of Beaumont, is charged with Human Trafficking and Simple Kidnapping. Total bond is $1,000,000.

Jessica Lynne Morgan, 24 female, of Shelbyville, Tennessee, has a total bond of $500,000.

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