RAWLINS, Wyo. - Wyoming authorities say they have rescued two young women being taken to California by human traffickers.
The Rawlins Times reports that Wyoming Highway Patrol Officers approached a car at a Shell station near Rawlins last week in response to a call about a disturbance.
A woman in the back seat mouthed the words "help me" to one officer.
Lester Tucker, 38, of Oakland, Calif., and Janice Scott, 27, of Modesto, Calif., have both been charged with first degree human trafficking, and conspiracy to commit human trafficking “for the purpose of sexual servitude,” charging information stated.
Police say the woman who asked for help and another female passenger say they left Philadelphia with the couple because they promised them jobs and a new start in California. But the women say the couple became threatening and wouldn't let them leave once they got out of Pennsylvania.
Tucker is being held in the Carbon County Jail on $250,000 cash bond; bond has been set for Scott $100,000 cash. The two face up to 50 years in prison if convicted.
A preliminary court hearing is scheduled for the couple for Jan. 20.