By Anne Stegen for KERO News on October 31, 2013—
“The Bakersfield Police Department is currently investigating a case involving victims of human trafficking.
On October 31, 2013, at about 12:23 a.m., Bakersfield Police Officers stopped a car in the 800 block of Union Avenue.
Preliminary investigation revealed the two female occupants, one of whom is a minor, were involved in prostitution activity, officials said.
Detectives from the Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Unit responded and took over the investigation.
The investigation led to the arrest of Donte Ford, 22, of Fresno, and Joseph Packard, 20 of Fresno.
Ford was arrested for human trafficking, sexual exploitation of a child, distribution of child pornography, possession of child pornography, participation in a criminal street gang, conspiracy and a parole violation.
Packard was arrested for human trafficking, providing false information to a police officer, conspiracy and
participation in a criminal street gang.
Bail has been set at $500,000 for each suspect.The investigation is continuing.
Anyone with any information regarding this case is urged to contact Bakersfield Police at (661) 327-7111 or Detective Cegielski at (661) 326-3556.”