COMMUNITY AWARENESS BULLETIN ARREST
On August 7, 2014, the Dallas Police Department’s Vice Unit, Child Exploitation Unit, and Northeast Patrol Officers rescued a 15 year old female child sex trafficking victim. The investigation was initiated by an anonymous tip to the Department’s Youth Section. When the child victim was rescued, arrestee Arthur Lee Waters, black male, 30 years of age, D.O.B 4/28/84 was detained in connection to the sex trafficking allegations. Further investigation revealed arrestee Waters had committed the offenses of Compelling Prostitution/Child and Trafficking in Persons/Child, both Felony 1 offenses. Michelle Jenene Tortora, white female, 19 years of age, D.O.B. 8/22/94, an accomplice of arrestee Waters in these offenses, was also arrested for Compelling Prostitution/Child and Trafficking in Persons/Child.
Pictures of the child victim had been posted on Backpage.com for the purpose of prostitution and sex trafficking. Walters and Tortora are currently being held in Lew Sterrett jail on Compelling Prostitution/Child and Trafficking in Persons/Child, charges, both Felony 1 offenses, $50,000 bond for each charge. Cases reported on 189738-2014 and 189739-2014.