Man arrested for human trafficking in SLO


SAN LUIS OBISPO — A Sacramento man was arrested for human trafficking Friday, Oct. 5, in San Luis Obipso, the San Luis Obispo Police Department reported.
At approximately 1:40 a.m. on Oct. 5, a San Luis Obispo police officer conducted a traffic stop for vehicle code violations in the 3000 block of Broad. The vehicle was being driven by 35-year-old Lucion Banks out of Sacramento. Also in the vehicle was a 14-year old female passenger out of Oakland.
During the car stop the officer discovered Banks had a suspended California driver’s license as well as a misdemeanor warrant for his arrest. Both Banks and his passenger denied being related and had no clear story of why they were in San Luis Obispo. Banks was subsequently arrested for the warrant and driving on a suspended license.
After Bank’s arrest, follow up investigation revealed Banks was involved in the human trafficking and pimping of the 14-year-old female who was the passenger in his vehicle. Items of clothing, wigs, condoms, and cellular phone data led San Luis Obispo police detectives to believe Banks was currently trafficking this victim.
The 14-year-old victim was later turned over to Child Welfare Services after Banks arrest. Banks was later charged with suspicion of human trafficking and pimping. He was booked into the San Luis Obispo County Jail and his bail was set at $1 million.
On Oct. 10, the District Attorney’s Office filed felony charges against Lucion Lee Edward Banks (35), for Human Trafficking and Pimping a 14 year old female victim
The first count carries a maximum sentence of fifteen years to life in state prison and the second count carries a maximum sentence of eight years in state prison.
The case is an ongoing investigation of the San Luis Obispo Police Department and the District Attorney’s Office Bureau of Investigation.

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