Potential trafficking victim was denied assistance, family alleges – News – recordnet.com – California News

Potential trafficking victim was denied assistance, family alleges – News – recordnet.com – California News

STOCKTON — A Tracy family is accusing workers at a central Stockton doughnut shop of a “lack of humanity” after a family member they say had been forced into prostitution allegedly was turned away while seeking help at the business.

“I’m physically sick to my stomach,” Arianna Grimes said of the ordeal allegedly endured recently by her 19-year-old sister.

According to Grimes, the victim got into a car in Tracy with her 20-year-old ex-boyfriend early in the morning on Aug. 5 believing they were going to Stockton to “hang out.”

But after arriving in Stockton, he stopped on Wilson Way and told the victim to get out of the car and “pick up men for money,” Grimes said.

“She begged him not to and to go home, but he said, ‘No, you have to do this,’ ” Grimes said.

The victim managed to get away and ran toward one of the few businesses open at 4 a.m., Yum Yum Donuts on North Wilson Way and East Fremont Street.

When she entered, the victim pleaded with a cashier to let her use a phone to contact police.

“She ran in crying … and they said no,” Grimes said. The victim then asked the cashier to call authorities on her behalf, but again, she allegedly was denied.

The reason, the victim was told, was that it would violate store policy.

Grimes said her sister then went back outside and was seen by a couple driving nearby who noticed her sobbing. They pulled over and let her use a cellphone to call Grimes to pick her up one hour later at 5 a.m.

Grimes said North Wilson Way is a known area of prostitution and her assumption is Yum Yum Donuts employees refused to call the police since…

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