• Matt Esnayra

14-year-old Girl Rescued & a Long Beach Man Arrested on Human Trafficking Charges

Updated: Feb 28, 2021

Photo Courtesy of the LBPD

An investigation by the Long Beach Police Department has led to the arrest of a 26-year-old man for his alleged participation in the human trafficking of a 14-year-old girl from Los Angeles.


The arrest happened the early Tuesday morning, Feb. 25, when a 14-year-old girl called 9-1-1 and told the dispatcher that she was pistol-whipped to the upper torso.

  • After meeting the victim, Vice detectives would later discover that the 14-year-old was taken to Los Angeles to "work as a commercial sex worker by her trafficker," and the suspect would transport the victim to Long Beach, where he assaulted her with a handgun, according to the press release.

  • After identifying the suspect, police say detectives applied for a search warrant of the suspect's residence in the 1400 block of Locust Avenue, and the suspect was arrested.

  • Officers arrested 26-year-old Long Beach resident Doran Welch, who was booked for human trafficking of a minor with violence, procuring a child for lewd and lascivious acts, and assault with a firearm. Bail is set at $150,000.

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