AN Snapchat a message that a 14-year-old girl from California, sent to friends, saved her from being forced into prostitution by three men – one of whom was accused of raping her, according to press reports.
Police in San Jose, California, said the girl sent the message on Tuesday morning while she was being driven by foreigners 40 miles away from a motel.
Citing court documents, KPIX-TV said the girl, who had been drugged, wrote: “Somebody help me. I'm in a random man's car … I'm not in Santa Cruz. Where am I?"
"The victim's friends determined the victim's location using the Snapchat app and called 911," a San Jose police sergeant. Enrique Garcia said in a press release Thursday.
After determining that the girl was at the E-Z 8 Motel, the officers went there and arrested Albert Vasquez, 55, of San Jose, as he was leaving a room on the second floor, Fox 2 San Francisco reported. The girl was found inside the room.
Vasquez was arrested on charges that included kidnapping and rape.
The alleged accomplices Antonio Quirino Salvador, 34, and Hediberto Gonzalez Avarenga, 31, both from Fremont, California, have been charged with kidnapping, Garcia said. They were arrested Wednesday.
Police said the girl was being held against her will at the motel and threatened to be forced into prostitution, KPIX reported.
"The follow-up investigation carried out by the detectives revealed that the suspect Vasquez found the victim in the city of Capitola on January 14," Garcia said in the statement. "Vasquez gave the victim drugs and she was disabled."
He said that Vasquez asked Salvador and Avarenga for help to take her to the motel.
Garcia said Vazquez sexually assaulted the victim in the car and in the motel room.