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Human Trafficking Suspects Released With No Charges Filed

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - The Spokane County Sheriff's Office confirmed this afternoon that the four people arrested for their involvement in a human trafficking case have been released with no charges filed. Just because these four were released does not mean they are innocent. It comes down to a state law in Washington that says within 72 hours of an arrest the investigators must provide a thorough investigation and the prosecutors office must formally file charges. Due to the complexity of this case, they did not meet that window.   

It all goes back to a search warrant last week when the victim told deputies she was held captive for more than a year and forced to perform sexual acts unwillingly.

Throughout the investigation the victim showed deputies various hotels where she provided these "sexual acts." She claimed that she was last raped on May 21st, one day later she said she was able to escape.

May 22nd, court documents say, she ran away from a home on First and Haven because she was scared. The woman ran to her friend's house and told the friend about her alleged captivity in a Spokane Valley home. Together, the two women went to the Public Safety Building and the victim retold her story to local law enforcement. The victim agreed to accompany detectives back to the home on East Nora where she said she was largely held captive.

Last Wednesday, The SWAT team raided the small, bright blue house on the 13,000 block of East Nora and arrested Lawrence Johnson, 43, his wife, Dina Tellez, 43, Christopher Foster, 33, and Shanell Haddon, 28.

According to court documents, the four suspects typically drove the victim to the hotels and gave her instructions on what type of sex acts to perform. The woman said she "was forced to take drugs, mainly to smoke Meth." She said that she has been forced to engage in sex with the men she named as her captors as well as their friends, sometimes "at gunpoint."

Prosecutors can still file charges if any further evidence comes out, but for right now the four suspects accused of human trafficking have been released from the Spokane County Jail with no charges.

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