OKLAHOMA CITY - Charges have now been filed in a human trafficking case that’s been under investigation since July.
That’s when a woman passing the intersection of N.W. 10th and Pennsylvania recognized a girl who was a former neighbor.
She says she stopped to talk to the young woman and got a bad feeling.
That woman ended up calling the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs human trafficking hotline.
Investigators ended up tracking down the 16-year-old victim, and she told investigators “she engaged in sexual activity with two to three customers or 'tricks' each day and earned approximately $200 a week for Tiadrian Freeman.”
She also said Freeman had “choked her, punched her with a closed fist to her nose and had his name tattoed on her lower back.”
Tiadrian Freeman, 21, is now facing seven charges including conspiring to engage in or soliciting prostitution, offering or transporting child for purpose of prostitution, human trafficking, abuse, neglect, exploitation, or sexual abuse of child, harboring endangered runaway child, delinquent minor – contributing to delinquency and second degree rape.
Michelle Castle works with at risk youth at the Oklahoma City Dream Center.
She has seen countless painful situations.
“Kid who has told me before about hearing their parent arranging to sell them,” said Castle. “To realize how vulnerable kids in our community has shocked me over these last few years of doing this. And unfortunately it is something that happens way too often in our city.”
Freeman’s victim told police “she was a repeated runaway who lost her virginity at the age of 14 by being raped.”
“Teen girls who are very vulnerable to the attention and the gifts and the manipulation and these grooming tactics of somebody who might want to traffic them,” said Castle.
According to court documents, the 16-year-old victim was a runaway from Jenks.