Calif. Bust Highlights Dangers of Sex Trafficking

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Two men have been arrested after allegedly forcing two underage girls into prostitution in Santa Ana, Calif.

Police say 20-year-old Jaylin Marshall and 24-year-old Michael Greer befriended two girls -- ages 16 and 17 -- gained their trust over several months, and then invited them to Los Angeles for vacation.

Once they arrived, the girls were held against their will and told they would have to earn their own way -- through prostitution.

"They knew they were in trouble was when 'Okay, now that we're on this vacation, you're going to pay for it. You're going to make the money and you're going to do that by having sex with men,'" Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.

The girls were advertised online and listed as being in their 20s

"They have no money, no ID, there's no way for them to get away from these guys. These guys now have control of their lives," Bertagna explained.

An undercover detective posing as a john answered the ad and arranged to meet the girls at a motel in Santa Ana. Police say when the officer arrived he saw how desperate the girls were to leave.

"These girls were jumping for joy," Bertagna recalled. "They felt the officers were their heroes; they were saving them from a situation they couldn't get out of."

The two men were arrested July 31 at a hotel near Disney Land. Tourists in the area were shocked by the incident.

"We were pretty shocked to see, wow, this was happening right around us. We weren't expecting to see that on our vacation," tourist Damean DeLeon, from San Antonio, said.

Police said parents must be more vigilant about their kids' whereabouts.

"These parents thought these girls were at each other's house," Bertagna said. "It's a message to the parents (to) know where your kids are because this stuff is out there. This stuff happens to young naive women. And it's tragic and they got lucky."

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