A 17-year-old girl found stabbed to death in an upscale Yorba Linda neighborhood Tuesday was a victim of human trafficking in Santa Ana about two weeks before she was killed, authorities said.
Officers identified Aubreyanna Sade Parks as a victim of human trafficking during a crackdown on prostitution in Santa Ana.
Marsalis Joseph Smith, 26, was arrested on Jan. 21 and is charged with multiple counts of human trafficking, pimping and pandering. Smith was in jail when Parks was killed.
At the time of the arrest, Parks was turned over to county social service workers, said Santa Ana police spokesman Anthony Bertagna. The Orange County Register reported that she was taken to a shelter but walked out in the following days.
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