Crime

Two San Antonio Couples Accused Of Human Trafficking, Raping Teenage Girl

| by Nik Bonopartis
From left: Rebecca Nicole Alvarez, Christopher Castoreno, Veronica Ann Diaz, and Adrian Colon.From left: Rebecca Nicole Alvarez, Christopher Castoreno, Veronica Ann Diaz, and Adrian Colon.

A man and woman from San Antonio, Texas, allegedly kidnapped a 16-year-old girl, forced her to have sex with them, then sold her to another couple when she refused to have sex with other people.

Rebecca Nicole Alvarez, 22, and Christopher Castoreno, 34, met the victim through a mutual friend in November and sexually assaulted the teenager, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

When the victim wouldn't have sex with other people for the couple's profit, she was "sold" to Veronica Ann Diaz, 26, and Adrian Colon, 44, for $4,000, San Antonio police told the San Antonio Express-News.

All four suspects were charged with human trafficking and sexual assault, except for Colon, who was charged with attempted sexual assault.

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The victim got away on Dec. 15, when she called police from a pawn shop. Police questioned Alvarez and Castoreno, who were following the victim, then let them go. Police said the victim did not initially tell them all the details of the alleged abuse.

“It was after we let them go that the complainant made the outcry that she had been sexually assaulted, and held against her will, and had been basically trafficked and forced into having sex with other people because of this couple,” Sgt. Jesse Salame told the San Antonio Express-News.

After Alvarez and Castoreno allegedly sold the victim to Diaz and Colon, the latter two plied the victim with drugs and alcohol and carted her between motels and houses, where she was repeatedly abused, police said.

“This couple then supplied her with drugs, got her intoxicated and had sex with her and forced her to have sex with other people at various locations around town,” Salame said. “She was able to get a hold of a cellphone at one of the houses she was taken to and that's when she called her friend, and her friend called her mother, and that's when they called police.”

It's not clear if that abuse happened before police let Alvarez and Castoreno go, or before.

Police told the San Antonio Express-News they are continuing their investigation, and don't yet know if there were other victims involved, but they were working to find other suspects who they believe were involved in trafficking the victim.

Sources: San Antonio Express-News, New York Daily News / Photo credit: Bexar County Sheriff's Office via New York Daily News