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Teenage sex trafficking victim rescued in Bellevue; 2 suspects arrested

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BELLEVUE, Wash. - A 16-year-old sex trafficking victim was rescued after she reached out for help, and two men are now under arrest on suspicion of the commercial sexual abuse of a minor, Bellevue police say.

One of the two suspects, identified as 50-year-old Quentin Hamilton of Seattle, was captured as he fled through the balcony of the hotel room where the girl was being held and scaled down the side of the building, police said.

The second suspect, 37-year-old Michael Ulrich of Mountlake Terrace, was arrested as he got into his car, according to police.

The rescue operation and arrest unfolded after the 16-year-old victim contacted the nonprofit organization "Jesus Loves the Track," saying she was in danger and needed help. The organization builds relationships with women in the sex industry, some of whom are trafficking victims, and connects them with with resources including food and shelter.

The victim said the two suspects forced her to take drugs and asked her to perform prostitution dates for pay.

With the help of "Jesus Loves the Track," officers located the victim hiding outside the hotel and got her medical attention, then moved in to arrest Hamilton and Ulrich.

“We are committed to helping any victim of sex trafficking and are determined to track down and arrest the perpetrators,” said Capt. Shelby Shearer of the Bellevue police. “Our detectives received this tip late in the evening as they were heading home. They dropped everything to meet the victim and make sure she received the help she wanted."

After serving a search warrant on the hotel room, detectives found nearly 75 grams of suspected methamphetamine, heroin, narcotics, at least 300 pounds of copper wire, and ID theft materials, police say.

Both suspects are being held for investigation of commercial sexual abuse of a minor, two counts of violating the Uniform Controlled Substances Actand identity theft.

Bellevue police officials say detectives have recovered five juvenile sex trafficking victims in the past six weeks.

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