Miami SAO Partners With Local Police Departments To Rescue Teenage Sex Trafficking Victim
Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina announce the successful rescue of a 14-year-old girl who was allegedly being sold on social media.
Miami – August 13, 2020 – Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, Miami Springs Police Chief Armando Guzman, Miami Beach Police Chief Richard Clements and City of Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina announce the successful rescue of a 14-year-old girl who was allegedly being sold on social media after having run away from home some weeks earlier. As a result of this joint operation involving the Miami-Dade State Attorney Office Human Trafficking Task Force, the Miami Springs Police Department, the Miami Beach Police Department, and the City of Miami Police, seventeen (17) year-old Javier Quintero has been arrested and is being charged with:
- 1 Count Human Trafficking of a Victim Under the Age of 18 (Life Felony)
- 1 Count Derive Support from Proceeds of Prostitution (2nd Degree Felony)
- 1 Count Possession of Materials Displaying a Sexual Performance by a Child
- 1 Count Unlawful Use of a Communications Device (3rd Degree Felony)
- 1 Count Interference with Custody (3rd Degree Felony)
- 1 Count Renting Space to Be Used for Prostitution (2nd Degree Misdemeanor)
- Count Contributing to the Delinquency of a Child (1st Degree Misdemeanor)
“This situation is every parent’s worst nightmare,” said State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle. “That is why the work of our Human Trafficking Task Force is so important. Children like this, our children, can be lost so easily. But I and our law enforcement partners are determined to keep that from happening. Our children’s futures are just too valuable.”
Late in the evening of August 11, 2020, Miami Springs police officers were called to the Runway Motel by a family member of a missing 14-year-old girl who had previously run away from home after a family dispute. The relative told police that they believed the girl was inside a hotel room and was being sold for sex on social media platforms by a 17-year-old male. The family member also directed officers to a specific Instagram account. The officer contacted the Miami-Dade State Attorney Office Human Trafficking Task Force and a Human Trafficking investigation commenced.
After interviewing the victim, it was learned that after leaving home, a friend, “Alexa”, introduced her to Javier Quintero. Quintero allegedly took her to motels where they engaged in a sexual relationship. Later, Quintero allegedly told her she could make $250 an hour for performing sexual acts with men in exchange for money.