Ventura Police Department – Incident Press Release
On 11-21-19 at about 1100 pm, a minor female walked into the lobby of the Comfort Inn on Harbor Blvd and told the front desk manager she was being held against her will by a male and female and that they had sexually assaulted her. The manager immediately contacted the Ventura Police Department Dispatch and Ventura Police Department Patrol officers responded.
Patrol officers located the female suspect, Davisha Sweat, in the parking lot and detained her. It was discovered that the male suspect, Elijah Tucker, was still in the hotel room. As officers responded to the hotel room, the VPD Special Victims Unit responded to assist with the investigation.
After a brief standoff, Tucker surrendered to officers on scene. The victim stated she had been sexually assaulted by both subjects and forced into prostitution. According to the victim, she was forced against her will to stay with both subjects and was Human Trafficked from San Bernardino County. During the service of search warrants, evidence was found corroborating that Sweat and Tucker prostituted the victim.
At the conclusion of the investigation, Elijah Tucker was booked at the Ventura County Jail for 236.1(c)(1) PC – Human Trafficking of a Minor; 266i(b)(1) PC – Pimping of a Minor; and 264.1 PC – Forcible Sexual Assault While Acting in Concert. Davisha Sweat was booked for 266i(b)(1) PC – Pimping of a Minor; 236.1(c)(1) PC – Human Trafficking of a Minor; and 264.1 PC – Forcible Sexual Assault While Acting in Concert.
Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others. As defined under U.S. federal law, victims of human trafficking include children involved in the sex trade, adults who are coerced or deceived into commercial sex acts, and anyone forced into different forms of “labor or services”.
If you feel you or another person may be the victim of human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888.