New Indiana human trafficking law brings first arrest in teen prostitution case

Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry. / Michelle Pemberton / The Star

 

A 29-year-old Indianapolis man is the first suspect to be charged under a newly amended human trafficking law, Marion County Prosecutor Terry Curry announced today.

James Martin is charged with the felony of promotion of human trafficking and other charges, the prosecutor said in a news release. The statute was amended earlier this year.

“Without the change in the human trafficking law, we would not have been able to charge James Martin with promotion of human trafficking of a minor,” Curry said in the release. “I particularly appreciate the work of Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and Sen. Randy Head, who worked with us during the legislative session to strengthen the law so police and prosecutors can protect minors from human trafficking.”

According to charging documents, Martin is accused of transporting a 14-year-old girl so she could engage in prostitution. The girl told authorities she and Martin lived together and he would drive her to her prostitution appointments.

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