Two Fresno men have been arrested on suspicion of sex trafficking of minors following an investigation in San Luis Obispo that lasted several months.
Javier Solis, 28, and Michael Anthony Andrade, 33, were arrested on federal charges in Fresno on Wednesday after an interagency investigation involving the Fresno and San Luis Obispo police departments and the FBI.
The investigation began when Fresno police learned that the two suspects had brought two girls, ages 15 and 17, to San Luis Obispo and coerced them into illegal drug use and prostitution, the San Luis Obispo police said in a news release.
In October, one of the girls escaped to safety in the central San Joaquin Valley, but police learned that the other victim possibly was being held at a motel in San Luis Obispo.
Officers arrived at the motel and located the second girl and took her into protective custody. However, the two suspects were not found at the motel. They were later located at the Hunter Place Apartments on the 1000 block of West Griffith Avenue in northwest Fresno.
Fresno police said both men are Bulldog gang members.