Police officers from Mission Station, together with officers from the Special Victims Unit, arrested two men and a woman today who allegedly forced a teenage girl into prostitution.
The victim, police report, walked into Mission Station around 2:45 a.m. Thursday morning, saying she’d been kidnapped some time earlier and forced to commit sex acts in exchange for money. She also told officers that the suspects forced her to work in the area of 18th and Shotwell streets, prompting officers to immediately respond to the area, where they made the arrests.
“She did the right thing. She alerted officers, and the minute she alerted us we acted on it immediately to make an arrest,” said Officer Carlos Manfredi, a spokesperson for the police department.
Manfredi acknowledged that the area is known among residents and businesses as an area where prostitution takes place. He said officers are also on alert for the possibility of high levels of coerced commercial sexual activity around the Super Bowl, knowing that events that draw large crowds tend also to draw those who seek to exploit and coerce people into sex work.
Residents in the area say they often hear screams and shouts, and one neighbor who has lived on the block for 20 years said he often sees cars circling the block and prostitutes interacting with customers.
A man at a homeless encampment near the corner where the arrest was made said he saw officers arrest two people who had been sitting in a car, and that it appeared they had taken a woman into custody already.
Randall Stovall, a 21-year-old San Leandro resident, was arrested on felony charges of human trafficking, kidnapping, rape, conspiracy, pimping, pandering, and child endangerment. Gregory Gamble, 22, of Oakland was arrested on felony charges of human trafficking, kidnapping, pimping, pandering, and conspiracy.
Kheyaira Franklin, an 18-year-old woman from San Leandro, was arrested on felony charges of human trafficking, kidnapping, pimping, pandering, conspiracy, and child endangerment.
Despite the fact that arrests have been made, anyone with additional information is urged to contact SVU Sergeant Flores at (415) 553-9225. Information may also be provided anonymously by calling the SFPD tip line at (415) 575-4444, or text a tip to TIP411 with “SFPD” at the beginning of the message.