SAN ANTONIO – Police have arrested a man they say drugged, sexually assaulted and forced a teenager into prostitution.

39-year old Carlos Villarreal is accused of getting the teen hooked on crystal meth, then selling her for sex when she became addicted.

“Commercial sex the demand for it is growing exponentially,” said Dottie Laster, executive director of the Heidi Search Center. “That arrest report is scary to think about.”

Back in 2015, an arrest affidavit shows Villarreal began messaging the 17-year old through Facebook.

Between July 2015 and the beginning of 2017, police say Villarreal sold crystal meth and heroin to the teen and she became addicted.

“I don’t think parents know the monster that can come through the internet,” said Laster.

Laster says it’s common for human trafficking cases to begin this way.

She says what makes this case rare is someone is caught

“I would feel like it’s maybe 10 percent of our cases or less,” said Laster.

In the messages, Villarreal would tell the girl she would make a lot of money if she would prostitute for him and talked about locations where it would take place.

The teen told police the 39-year old would take her to several motels on the south and northwest sides where she was given drugs and prostituted.

At some point, officers say the teen’s mother found the Facebook messages about the Capital Motel.

“I tell the moms who come in here you’re the expert on your kid,” said Laster. “You’re going to be the best resource to find them.”

Late in 2015, police say the mother found her daughter high on drugs in a motel room with Villarreal and another man.

The Heidi Search Center says they have what they call digital DNA kits that will help parents keep track of what accounts and website their kids use online.

 

 

 

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