Man arrested on suspicion of human trafficking




GREENFIELD — A routine traffic stop Tuesday morning revealed two men were holding a pair of juveniles against their will, and now one of the men faces charges of human trafficking, police said.

 

An Indiana State Trooper stopped a pickup truck on Interstate 70 near the Mt. Comfort exit around 11:15 a.m. for a traffic violation, then became suspicious when the driver, Romulo Molina, 26, of Honduras, and a second man, whose identity has not been released, gave the officer inconsistent stories.

 

There were two juveniles, ages 12 and 13, with the men in the truck. The trooper reported that after further investigation, he learned they were being held against their will, and the men were taking them to Ohio to work off a debt their family owed to unnamed subjects in Mexico, according to a state police press release distributed Wednesday.

 

The Department of Homeland Security Investigations was called to the scene to assist with the investigation. The juveniles were taken into custody by Child Protective Services, the release states.

 

Molina was arrested and faces a charge human trafficking, a Class B Felony. His passenger was released to the Department of Homeland Security Investigation; officials said he has not been charged.

 

Molina was being held Tuesday in the Hancock County Jail, but charges have not yet been filed.

Chief Deputy Prosecutor Tami Napier said the prosecutor's office was aware of the incident but might not take the lead on filing charges. Federal agencies could take the case from here, she said.

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