Two accused of forcing girl into prostitution
Two Colusa residents are facing felony charges for organizing a prostitution operation in which minors were involved, according to a complaint filed by the Colusa County District Attorney's Office.
They face two counts of pandering by encouraging and one count of abduction of a minor for the purpose of prostitution, the complaint reads.
Terrance Daniels and Regina Diana Mullins "unlawfully, and by promises, and scheme, induce, persuade and encourage" two victims to become prostitutes on or about Dec. 11 in Colusa County, the Dec. 13 complaint claims.
The complaint also alleges that Mullins and Daniels took a girl under age 18 without her mother's consent for prostitution.
"It's an interesting case. I don't remember ever having a case like this," District Attorney John Poyner said.
Mullins and Daniels were arrested Dec. 11 by the Colusa Police Department at an apartment in the 1400 block of Wescott Road. They were booked into the Colusa County Jail and bail was set at $60,000 for each of them.
A Web search on the address of the pair arrested turns up a business named Upscale Entertainment, which claims to provide services in the recording industry, but provides little other information other than a phone number. That phone number is not in service.
"The investigation started with missing juvenile report, which led to information that she was possibly involved in prostitution at the hands of a some of local people," said Colusa police Sgt. Josh Fitch. "We served a couple search warrants at a couple different residences and made two arrests. We're still investigating and going through evidence to see how far reaching this was, and if there were any other victims."
He added that the investigation also found possible drug sales.
"It resulted in some illegal narcotics being taken and the seizure of some cellphones and laptops," Fitch said.
In addition to the pandering and abduction charges, Daniels faces a special allegation charge attached to each of the other charges. Daniels has a prior strike — he pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery in Colusa in 2007 and was sentenced to three years in prison.
"Right now, they are in jail. They aren't going anywhere," Poyner said.
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