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Driver Pulled Over, Found With Alleged Human Trafficking Victim in Car: Police

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014  |  Updated 7:25 PM EDT
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Driver Found With Alleged Trafficking Victim in Car

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Police arrested a man accused of raping a teen a posting photos of the rape.

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A traffic stop in New Jersey earlier this month led to a New York man's arrest on human trafficking charges involving a 16-year-old girl.

Bergen County prosecutors say the girl was with 34-year-old Miguel Hernandez of New Rochelle when he was stopped in Paramus. When the officer spoke with her, she made statements that "gave him concern for her well-being."

The teen later told detectives she had engaged in sexual activity for money and said Hernandez was her driver. But further investigation revealed Hernandez arranged the girl's sexual encounters and received some of the money she received.

Besides the human trafficking charge, Hernandez is also charged with promoting prostitution and child endangerment. He remained jailed Wednesday on $200,000 cash bail.

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