California couple arrested on Human Trafficking charges near Rawlins, Wyo.

(Rawlins, Wyo.) - Two were arrested and booked into Carbon County jail on first degree Human Trafficking charges and first degree To Commit Human Trafficking on Jan. 7. Lester Tucker, 38, and Janice Scott, 27, both of California, were charged with two counts of intentionally transporting and harboring two females for the purpose of sexual servitude, according to court documents. A Carbon County Sheriff's Deputy was informed by dispatch on Jan. 7 that Wyoming Highway Patrol was looking for a vehicle after reports of a domestic fight going on in the vehicle traveling westbound on I-80 through Carbon County. WHP located and made contact with the vehicle at a Shell gas station just east of Walcott Junction. The Trooper reported that one of the two rear passenger females had been mouthing the words "help me," to the Trooper since making contact with the driver, Tucker, and front seat passenger, Scott. A Carbon County Sheriff arrived to assist WHP when the 21 year old female, N.B., quietly told the Sheriff that she and the other female passenger were being held against their will after leaving Pennsylvania on promises made by Tucker and Scott that they'd get them jobs and assistance if they came with the couple to California, court documents state. After leaving Pennsylvania, N.B. reported to the Sheriff that Tucker turned mean, threatening her life if she tried to escape. N.B. also reported that Tucker raped her at a truck stop up the road just prior to the law enforcement stop. The Carbon County Sheriff then spoke with the second female, S.P., who was sitting in the back seat, visibly crying and shaking, as she told the Sheriff that Tucker was going to make her be a prostitute once they arrived in California. It was reported that Scott held N.B.'s arm so that Tucker could hit her fingers with a hammer after yelling at him about wanting to go home and get her cell phone back. A $250,000 cash bond has been posted for Tucker, and $100,000 cash bond has been posted for Scott. Maximum penalty for the crime is up to 50 years and up to a $10,000 fine. *Feature photo: Carbon County Sheriff's/Pitchengine Communities* #shortgo #news #breaking