Police launch human trafficking investigation after teen found in stolen car in Akron

Akron police launched a human trafficking investigation after a 17-year-old North Carolina girl was found in a stolen car. (File photo)

Akron police launched a human trafficking investigation after a 17-year-old North Carolina girl was found in a stolen car. (File photo)

AKRON, Ohio — Investigators are searching the cell phone of a North Carolina man they suspect of trafficking a 17-year-old girl for sex.

The Wendell, North Carolina man is in the Summit County Jail on an unrelated charge. He has not been charged in the human trafficking investigation.

Akron police reported finding him in a stolen car on March 19 in the driveway of a home. The 17-year-old girl was in the driver's seat, police reports say.

Police found the black 2015 Honda Civic was reported stolen from Holly Springs, North Carolina.

A relative of the girl called Akron police and reported she was in a stolen car.

The girl, who is also from North Carolina, told investigators that the man forced her into prostitution, court records say. She told police he set up meetings with paying customers on his two smart phones.

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