MARRERO, LA (OLAG) — A Marrero woman has been arrested on charges related to the trafficking of juveniles for sexual purposes, announced Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell.
38-year-old Candice Caulfield, of 1840 Wellington Drive, was arrested Friday on charges of human trafficking, trafficking of children for sexual purposes, second degree cruelty of juveniles, contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, promoting prostitution and enticing persons into prostitution.
The arrest comes as a result of a joint investigation involving the Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit, Homeland Security Investigations and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Attorney General Caldwell says, ““We have joined forces with local, state, federal and non-profit agencies to combat the buying, selling and abuse of innocent children.
“It’s important for people to know that child sex trafficking is not just something that happens in other countries or something you see in the movies. It’s real, and, despite having some of the toughest human trafficking laws in the nation, it exists right here in Louisiana.”
Agents began investigating Caulfield, who goes by the alias Candye Perrin, after receiving a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Upon the execution of a search warrant at Caulfield’s residence, she was taken into custody and booked at the Jefferson Parish Prison on the numerous charges related to child sex trafficking.
If convicted as charged, Caulfield faces a combined total of more than 200 years in prison.
Caldwell says that a human trafficker could be someone you least expect, and so too can the victims. “Spotting a victim of human trafficking can be very difficult, but could save someone’s life,” he said.
According to Caldwell, there are several red flags to look out for which could indicate a child is being trafficked for sexual purposes, such as if the juvenile:
· Is not free to leave the place of residence or interact with friends
· Has unexplained absences from school for a period of time or demonstrates an inability to attend school on a regular basis
· Exhibits bruises or other physical trauma, withdrawn behaviour, depression or fear
· Has high security measures in the home, such as opaque or boarded up windows, locked gates, barbed wire or security cameras around the residence
· Is not allowed or able to speak or communicate for themselves (a third party may insist on being present )
Anyone with information regarding this investigation or other incidents of child sex trafficking should contact the Louisiana Attorney General’s Cyber Crime Unit at 1-800-256-4506.
Suspected cases of human trafficking can also be reported to local and state law enforcement agencies, or the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-7888.
Candice Caulfield was charged with:
- La R.S. 14:46.2 Human Trafficking
- La R.S. 14:46.3 Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes
- La R.S. 14:93.2.3 Second Degree Cruelty of Juveniles
- La R.S. 14:92 Contributing to the Delinquency of a Juvenile
- La R.S. 14:83.2 Promoting Prostitution
- La R.S. 14:86 Enticing Person into Prostitution