Six men will face charges related to the alleged sex trafficking of a 17-year-old Wisconsin girl, authorities say.
The girl escaped from a Green Lake County residence on Thanksgiving night where she claimed she was being sex trafficked, ABC affiliate WKOW reported.
The Green Lake County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release the girl called dispatchers on Nov. 28 and said she had escaped her attackers.
“She procured a phone and made a call, and just took advantage of an opportunity,” said Deputy Matthew Vande Kolk.
It is believed she had been held at the residence for weeks.
A Green Lake County Sheriff’s deputy rescued the victim, who was found walking along a local highway.
She was taken to a local hospital and is said to be recovering.
Deputies arrested one of the suspects, who was walking nearby, on the same night.
The next day, authorities executed a search warrant and discovered evidence believed to be connected to the sexual assault of the girl.
Five suspects, Esler Hugo Rivera, 33; Rolando Corado Gonzalez, 28; Avelino Sarceno-Sarceno, 40; Ember Rivera, 37; Noe Bautista-Martinez, 28 and Evis Amabilio Garcia-Rivera, 31, were arrested on Nov. 29, according to authorities.
They are all being held at the Green Lake County Correctional Facility on a range of bonds.
One of the suspects, Amabilio Garcia-Rivera, is believed to have trafficked the girl within the residence, among the other suspects, WKOW reported.
According to WKOW, all six suspects are believed to be undocumented immigrants from Guatemala, who were subletting the residence from a nearby dairy farm.
The men worked at the dairy farm, deputies said.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement will be asked to join the case, law enforcement said.