TRENTON – A woman who claims she was taken from a hotel room, confined in a Trenton apartment and forced into prostitution, saw an escape when police pulled over a car she was riding in earlier this year, prosecutors said Friday.
It was largely the woman's story that led to the arrest of 45-year-old Trenton man Darrell Smith, who was charged with human trafficking, promoting prostitution and drug possession.
At a bail hearing for Smith on Friday, Mercer County Assistant Prosecutor Heather Hadley outlined the events that prosecutors believe led up to Smith's arrest in a car outside of a Lawrence Wawa in late January.
Police pulled the car over on Jan. 23, noticing that it didn't have a light on the back license plate, Hadley said. Inside they found Smith in the driver's seat with two female passengers. They smelled marijuana and asked if they could search the car, to which Smith agreed.