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Two people charged with human trafficking in Spokane

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27-year-old Rosie Williams faces multiple charges. 27-year-old Rosie Williams faces multiple charges.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

According to court documents, police arrested two people in North Spokane suspected of forcing a 16-year-old girl into prostitution. 27-year-old Rosie Williams and 35-year-old Dante Oliver faces multiple charges including promoting commercial sexual abuse of a minor, first-degree human trafficking, and illegally hiding a minor. Detectives believe they forced the victim into working as an escort, and advertising her services on backpage.com.

Dominic Sanna lives a few houses away from where court documents say that 16-year-old was being forced into prostitution. He says he generally feels safe living in his neighborhood in North Spokane. 

"It blows my mind that something like this could happen. I'm surprised that I would even live so close to something this serious, especially since she was a minor. It's just so sad," Sanna said. "I just pray that the girl gets help, and I hope she knows that there are people out there praying for her."

According to the Director of Spokane's World Relief, Mark Kadel, Sanna isn't the only one in the dark about human trafficking happening right here in Spokane. "Law enforcement has talked about a ring that goes between Seattle, Spokane and Portland," Kadel explained. He went on to say it's hard to quantify the number of victims in the Inland Northwest, since it goes on "in the shadows" and "behind closed doors." But Kadel claims that it's a very real problem. "What number is great enough to make the public care? What number is great enough to make the public say 'This is not right in the community? This should not happen to our children.' I think the fact that it exists should be motivation enough," Kadel said.

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