NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - A man and a woman were arrested Wednesday in connection with the trafficking of a 15-year-old runaway for sex.
James Brooks and Ogleeliyah Shadee Wesley, both 19, and the victim, are all from Milwaukee. The NOPD learned of the incident on Monday, June 29.
Investigators said Brooks and Wesley recently drove the victim to New Orleans and other cities across the country to advertise her on Backpage.com. The pair would allegedly set up dates for the victim at various hotels across the New Orleans metropolitan area. The victim told investigators that she ran away from home after meeting the couple, and that both forced her to have sex with men for money. The victim also told detectives that Brooks was physically abusive when she did not comply with his demands.
Seventh District officers, with the assistance of the FBI, located Brooks and Wesley in a black BMW near the intersection of Chef Menteur Highway and Downman Road. The victim was brought to the scene a short time later and positively identified both suspects.
Brooks and Wesley were booked into Central Lock-up and on charges that include human trafficking, cruelty to juveniles and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.
This investigation is ongoing.
Citizens with information that can help solve this crime are asked to call Crimestoppers at 822-1111 or toll-free 1-877-903-STOP. You could receive a cash reward of up to $2,500 for the information leading only to the arrest, except on homicides, where Crimestoppers will pay half of the reward upon the arrest and half on the indictment of the responsible person(s). You do not have to give your name nor testify to receive the reward but you must contact Crimestoppers directly with your information. Citizens can also submit an anonymous tip online to Crimestoppers at www.crimestoppersgno.org