REDDING, Calif. - Melvin Baldwin-Green and Tanishia Williams who are accused of kidnapping, pimping and other charges related to human trafficking, were in court Wednesday.
Redding Police said the pair kidnapped a 16-year-old girl in Sacramento and brought her to Redding then forced her into prostitution.
According to police the teen, who remains anonymous due to being a minor, was able to escape after a month when she flagged down people for help.
Police said Green and Williams spotted the 16-year-old girl as she walked home from a party in Sacramento and forced her into Green's car. The victim had been reported as a runaway but she told police she had been abducted and forced into prostitution. And claims that Green molested her several times.
Anna Baldwin, Green's mother said that the victim was never a victim. Baldwin claims that she had been around for about a year.
"She's been to family dinners, she's been to the carnival with us during Easter break, went to the movies," Baldwin said. "If she was hostage don't you think she would have told somebody? My son used to spend the night all the time at my house and she would be by herself, she's got friends out here."
Melvin Baldwin-Green and Tanishia Williams pleaded not guilty.
July 2 a mental health evaluation for Green will be made available. The pair will be back in court July 10 for their preliminary hearing.
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