JEFFERSON PARISH, LA (WVUE) - A Marrero woman has been arrested on charges related child sex trafficking, Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell said Tuesday.
Candice Caulfield, 38, of Wellington Drive, was arrested Friday on charges of human trafficking, trafficking of children for sexual purposes, second-degree cruelty to juveniles, contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, promoting prostitution and enticing persons into prostitution. The arrest comes as a result of a joint investigation involving the Attorney General's Cyber Crime Unit, Homeland Security Investigations and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office.
Agents began investigating Caulfield, who also goes by the alias Candye Perrin, after receiving a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. After police executed a search warrant at Caulfield's home, she was taken into custody and booked at the Jefferson Parish Prison.
If convicted as charged, Caulfield faces a total of more than 200 years in prison.
Caldwell said there are several red flags to look out for that could indicate a child is being trafficked for sexual purposes, such as if the juvenile:
• Is not free to leave the place of residence or interact with friends
• Has unexplained absences from school for a period of time or demonstrates an inability to attend school on a regular basis
• Exhibits bruises or other physical trauma, withdrawn behavior, depression or fear
• Has high security measures in the home, such as opaque or boarded up windows, locked gates, barbed wire or security cameras around the residence
• Is not allowed or able to speak or communicate for themselves (a third party may insist on being present )
Anyone with information regarding this investigation or other incidents of child sex trafficking should contact the Louisiana Attorney General's Cyber Crime Unit at 1-800-256-4506.
Suspected cases of human trafficking can also be reported to local and state law enforcement agencies, or the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-7888.