The Arlington Police Department has arrested and charged two men in a human trafficking case that was reported in late August.
Police arrested Ricky Wallace, 33, of Pawtucket, R.I., and Kenmont Bowie, 34. According to the Arlington Police, Wallace was charged federally with sex trafficking of a child and transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity. Bowie was previously arrested on similar charges as an alleged accomplice.
A 17-year-old girl who resides in a group home in Arlington accused the men of kidnapping her from Boston on the morning of August 19 and forcing her into prostitution.
She was able to contact an official at her group home, who then got Arlington Police involved. Officer James Smith, who is assigned to a Federal Task Force that investigates cases of missing and exploited children, led the case.
Arlington Police Captain Richard Flynn, the Department’s Investigations Commander, said in a press release that he was pleased with the “exceptional police work’’ of Officer Smith.
“Thanks to the work of Arlington Police Officer James Smith and our federal partners, one less child is being exploited and two more dangerous felons are off the streets,’’ Chief Ryan said.