According to a FCPD report, the young woman was missing for over three months, but no one ever reported it to police.
Manuel A. Contreras, 27, of Kaiser Place, Falls Church, was charged with abduction with intent to defile and contributing to the delinquency of a minor on Aug. 22.
Contreras met the victim on Facebook. They communicated often, and she eventually agreed to meet him. He allegedly threatened the teen, locked her in a room, and took her phone. It wasn’t until police received a tip from a concerned household member that steps were taken to protect her.
Police believe there are others in similar situations and are actively investigating other cases. Anyone at risk of being exploited or knows anyone heading down that path is urged to check out Fairfax County’s Just Ask campaign, which includes a website with hotline numbers and information to help teens recognize the warning signs for human trafficking. The website has recently been translated into Spanish. The campaign also includes videos, posters, and a Facebook page.