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Nathan Earl Lee arrested on suspicion of human trafficking in Sonoma County

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A Sacramento man was arrested on suspicion of human trafficking in Sonoma County on Sunday, according to sheriff’s deputies. Sonoma County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Nathan Earl Lee, 45, after responding to a hotel at the south end of Santa Rosa. Officers responded to a report of two females refusing to pay a taxi driver for a fare. Upon arrival, deputies contacted the two females who were found inside a hotel room with Lee.

One of the females asked a deputy for help getting away from Lee. She told deputies she was being physically assaulted, held against her will and forced to work as a prostitute by Lee. Deputies said one of the females had visible scars. The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office Domestic Violence Sexual Assault detectives responded and conducted further investigation.

They determined that Lee had convinced one of the females to travel to different cities throughout the state and forced her to work as a prostitute. One of the females was determined to be from out of state and the other from outside the country, deputies said.

Verity and Crossing the Jordan Foundation provided services to both female victims, according to deputies. Lee was arrested on suspicion of human trafficking, pimping, pandering a person for prostitution, false imprisonment, torture, mayhem and threatening crime with intent to terrorize. Lee was booked into Sonoma County Jail on a $1.1 million bail.

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