2/2/2014 – Baton Rouge, LA — A man from Arkansas and a woman from Oklahoma were arrested this past Sunday on complaints of child sex trafficking.
According to published reports, Lindsay Lovell, 21, of Muldrow, OK and Victor Medlock, 31, of Fort Smith, AR, were taken into custody after police found probable cause that a 16-year old female with them was being used for prostitution.
The arrests took place at an Airline Highway Holiday Inn in Baton Rouge. Also found in the hotel was a newborn infant belonging to Lovell.
The investigation started when the teen victim’s sister called authorities and told them her sister had runaway from their home in Muldrow, OK.
During the investigation it was learned that Lovell allegedly purchased a bus ticket for the young girl and sent her to Baton Rouge where she was met by Medlock.
Lovell, her infant, Medlock and their teen victim then went to an unknown location and purchased drugs.
At some point it is alleged that Lovell placed ads on Backpage.com advertising herself and the teen as prostitutes.
The teen victim was listed in the online ads as being 19-years old.
Police showed a photo of the missing girl to the hotel desk clerk who confirmed the girl had been seen going in and out of a room rented by Medlock.
When police entered the room they found Lovell, her infant and the victim. Police also report the room smelled of marijuana and that more drugs were recovered in the rooms refrigerator.
Medlock was taken into custody when he arrived at the room while police we there.
Lovell and Medlock were booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on complaints of trafficking children for sexual purposes, promotion of prostitution, contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile x2, possession of marijuana and illegal use of a dangerous drug in the presence of persons under 17 x2.
Investigators believe the juvenile victim knew Lovell from her hometown.
Lovell’s bond has been set at $135,000.
Medlock’s bond was set at $132,500.
Lovell is no stranger to headlines regarding prostitution. This time last year Lovell was featured in Arkansas media reports regarding a prostitution sting in Rogers that also resulting in the arrested of an Army Colonel and local lawyer.