Two charged with trafficking teenage girls; police say they met on social app

SAN ANTONIO – Two men were arrested on human trafficking charges on Monday after a teenager escaped from a north side hotel and told police she and another teen were being held against their will.

Lawrence Jackson, 20, and Jarvis Anderson, 27, are accused of holding two teenage girls against their will for a period of "a few days" and forcing them into prostitution.

Authorities said one of the victims escaped from the Drury Inn & Suites near the San Antonio Airport this morning, called police and told them another teenage victim was also being held against her will at the hotel. She told police that they would also find the two suspects there.

When police went to the hotel to investigate, they found Jackson in the room with the second victim. While police were securing the scene, Anderson returned to the hotel room and was taken into custody.

Both teens were taken to hospitals for evaluation.

Sergeant Michelle Ramos said one of the suspects was known to one of the victims and that they used "some kind of app" to make their dates, as well as Backpage -- a website notorious for trafficking.

Jackson is charged with trafficking of persons and trafficking of a minor. He is behind bars on a $65,000 bond. Anderson is charged with trafficking of persons and is in jail on a $30,000 bond.

Ramos said investigators are working to determine if there are more victims.

Ramos encourages any other victims to call the Special Victims Unit at 210-207-2313.