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16-year-old boy is ringleader of sex trafficking operation, police say

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Four alleged sex traffickers are facing felony charges for commercially exploiting a 15-year-old Manteca girl for sex.

The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office filed charges Thursday afternoon against Brianna Morales and Fabio Silveira, both 20 and of Chico, Elijah Wolfson, 19, and Nikko Anaya, 16, of Manteca.

All have been charged with human trafficking of a minor for sex in Santa Cruz, Pismo Beach and San Luis Obispo between July 23 and 28.

Anaya -- whose name KSBY New is releasing because he has been charged as an adult – has also been charged for dissuading a witness by force or threat.

“He was obviously the ringleader of this group,” Lt. John Bledsoe with the San Luis Obispo Police Department said of Anaya.

Lt. Bledsoe says based on interviews and intelligence gathered, investigators concluded Anaya was the one in charge and brokered deals with johns for the victim. Police say the girl was forced to do nine sex acts in one night while in San Luis Obispo.

Investigators believe Anaya and the 15-year-old victim were in a relationship before her parents reported her as a runaway on July 24. Bledsoe says it appears she left willingly at first, “until they arrived at one of the first cities – that’s when it turned bad.”

“That's what makes it so disturbing is that he's sophisticated for being 16. He lured her in to this false relationship and then once he gained her confidence he used her to exploit her into this field of prostitution,” Lt. Bledsoe said.

Manteca Police informed SLO PD of the girl’s whereabouts on Tuesday, and officers found her in a hotel room on the 1800-block of Monterey St. in San Luis Obispo.

“We forced our way in and found her in the room. She was alone at the time. She was extremely distraught. She was crying. She was hysterical,” Lt. Bledsoe said.

Police arrested Morales, Silveira and Anaya late afternoon Tuesday.

Silveira, Anaya and Wolfson are expected to be arraigned in court on Friday.

Morales posted $100,000 bail and will appear in court August 12.

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