Cops probe forced prostitution allegations

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By The Staff

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police in Albuquerque, N.M., say they're looking for a man who allegedly forced a young North Carolina woman into prostitution while holding her captive in his home.

Albuquerque Police spokesman Robert Gibbs says the 18-year-old woman fled the home on Tuesday and ran to a neighbor's house asking for help. She told officers she had met the man online while she was living in North Carolina, and he offered to fly her to New Mexico on July 17.

Once there, she told officers the man forced her into prostitution and would lock her in a closet whenever he left the home.

A police SWAT team raided the home late Tuesday, but the man wasn't there. They did arrest a woman on charges of kidnapping, false imprisonment and promoting prostitution.