Three juvenile girls told police they were forced into prostitution after they were discovered during a probation search at a motel in San Gabriel Thursday that netted three arrests of men accused of human trafficking.
A police task force conducting a probation compliance check found the girls inside two rooms at the New Century Inn Motel on Las Tunas Drive on Thursday afternoon. Police arrested 27-year-old James Thomas Gordley, 18-year-old Tyrone Stevenson and a 17-year-old unidentified juvenile and booked them on charges of human trafficking, according to a news release issued by the San Gabriel Police Department.
Police said all three men were "possibly involved in a human trafficking ring."
"One of the females stated that she was a prostitute ... [and] revealed they were all being held against their will for prostitution," the release states.
The juvenile girls were placed into protective custody, police said. The men are from central California and believed to be members of a gang, according to the release.