Two arrested in child sex trafficking, prostitution case

Sarah Rhodes, Robert Salazar among group accused of trafficking

By RJ Marquez - Digital Content Curator

Sarah Rhodes and Robert Salazar

SAN ANTONIO - Two people have been arrested on suspicion of involvement in a prostitution of a minor case that dates back to late May.

According to an arrest affidavit, Texas Department of Public Safety investigators, along with San Antonio police, uncovered the operation that involved a 16-year-old girl who was being trafficked by the group for sex and drugs.

KSAT obtained the affidavits for two of the suspects. Sarah Rhodes, 19, is charged with compelling prostitution of a minor and Robert Bobby Salazar, 18, has been charged with possession of child pornography.

According to the affidavit, Rhodes’ involvement in the case included posting pictures of and messages about the girl on social media in an attempt to get johns to meet up for sex with the victim.

Salazar told investigators his phone was used by Rhodes to get the nude photos of the victim. Salazar also told investigators he engaged in sexual acts with the victim.

The affidavit says part of the trafficking operation took place at a home and later a motel.

SAPD detectives assisting with the case located the victim at the motel and returned her to her mother.

The suspects denied knowing the victim, but she showed investigators a motel key card from where everyone was staying.

The affidavit stated Salazar’s driver’s license was used to book the room.

Julian Trevino, 19, was also involved in this case. He's charged with compelling prostitution and possession of child pornography. Bexar County officials released his mug shot Friday afternoon.

Julian Trevino mug shot 

 

Two other suspects were involved with the case, but investigators have released details on what charges they could face.

Rhodes and Salazar were taken into custody on Aug.2, according to the affidavits.

 

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