The Edmond Sun

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July 8, 2013

Defendant pleads in human trafficking case

Case includes arrests made at Edmond hotel

EDMOND — A plea agreement has been reached in a human trafficking case that involved arrests made at an Edmond hotel.

In May, Joshua Ray Hudson, 21, was arrested at a hotel in the 1300 block of South Broadway, part of a multi-agency investigation headed by the Oklahoma City Police Department, Oklahoma City Police Master Sgt. Gary Knight said in a previous report. The victim was age 16.

The investigation began when Oklahoma City’s vice squad received information about a minor engaging in prostitution, Knight said. The activity included the use of an online advertisement, Knight said.

On May 9, a member of Oklahoma City’s vice squad met the 16-year-old at the hotel where she was taken into protective custody, Knight said. Two males were spotted in a car parked near the room in question and arrested without incident, Knight said.

Hudson, accused of profiting off the 16-year-old victim, was arrested on a human trafficking complaint, Knight said. A 17-year-old male was arrested on complaints of soliciting sexual contact with a minor by the use of technology and possession of marijuana.

On July 3, Hudson appeared in court with an attorney from the public defender’s office and changed his plea to guilty, according to Oklahoma County District Court records.

Sentencing has been scheduled for April 4, 2014.

The Edmond Police Department, the Oklahoma City Police Department, the FBI, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and the Department of Homeland Security all worked on the case.

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