New Orleans, La. - The NOPD arrests a convicted murderer and another woman on charges of trafficking children for sex. David Lee and Brandy Piland-Deluca are in Orleans Parish Prison this morning, accused of bringing two teenage girls to New Orleans and forcing them into prostitution.
According to state police, who helped in this investigation, the teenage girls were runaways who somehow came into contact with Lee in Texas in 2010. The girls were only 14 and 16 years old.
State police say Lee drove the girls here to New Orleans, forcing them to prostitute. Lee allegedly took pictures of the girls and posted them to a website called backpage.com, advertising them for prostitution.
He essentially worked as their pimp, taking all of their money, and prohibiting them from returning home.
After a short time, New Orleans police found the girls in a motel on Camp Street, and returned them to their families.
For three years, the FBI and state police worked to locate Lee and Piland-Deluca. Recently, state police say they received new information which led them to Lee's Uptown home on General Pershing Street. He was arrested around the corner last Friday.
Piland-Deluca was arrested on Bourbon Street.
State trooper Melissa Matey says this case has a happy ending with the girls returning safely to their families, but that is not often how these situations work out.
"Because of the length of time that they're with them, when you start talking about drug usage and the coercion and the physical battery that goes into it, they're very scared to come forward and to tell anybody what's going on," Matey said.