Last Thursday, Pittsburg Police officers received information that a female had been recently forced into human trafficking and was seeking assistance.
According to Captain Steve Albanese, officers located the female and conducted a detailed interview with her where she described being forced into human trafficking by manipulation and intimidation and these incidents occurred at several locations in the SF Bay Area. During the investigation officers were able to identify the male suspect involved and began searching various locations for him.
Later the same evening officers located the man driving the vehicle as described by the female and placed him into custody.
The man, later identified as 26 year old James Monroe out of Oakland, was booked for various charges and transported to county jail.
On Tuesday, the District Attorney’s Office reviewed this case and filed charges against Monroe, to include kidnapping, sexual assault and terrorist threats. Monroe is being held on $875,000 bail.
“Human trafficking is a very real and serious issue in Contra Costa County and the Pittsburg Police Department will do what it takes to combat it,” said Captain Albanese. “The department continues to work with allied agencies and community resources to assist victims and bring those responsible to justice.”
Pittsburg Police ask anyone with information related to a suspected human trafficking incident to contact the Pittsburg Police Department Tip-Line at 925-252-4040 or Dispatch at 925-646-2441.