A Riverside County mother and her live-in boyfriend were behind bars Friday accused of using the woman’s two daughter as prostitutes.
Antwana Muhammad and Charles Smith were accused of exploiting Muhammad’s 14-year-old biological daughter through commercial sex acts, according to a news release from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.
During an investigation by the Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force into the use of the 14-year-old girl as a prostitute, investigators identified another one of Muhammad’s biological children, an adult-aged female, who was also being pimped by the couple, the release stated.
Smith, 32, was allegedly responsible for placed online ads soliciting the victims for prostitution while Muhammad was in charge of driving the victims to the locations where they had been hired to have sex, according to the task force.
Muhammad, 39, also provided guidance about what acts to perform as well as how much to charge, the release stated. According to the task force, Muhammad and Smith kept all of the proceeds from these criminal activities.
The crimes allegedly occurred in Murrieta, the San Fernando Valley, as well as other locations across Southern California.
On March 5, task force members arrested Muhammad while she was driving near the Ramona Expressway and Interstate 215. Shortly thereafter, officers served a search warrant in the 1400 block of Medallion Court in Perris and took Smith into custody.
Both were booked on suspicion of human trafficking of a minor, pandering a minor, and pimping. Additional charges of child endangerment were also expected to be sought.
Bail for the couple was set at $250,000.
Child Protective Services was requested to take Muhammad’s children into protective custody.
Anyone with additional information was asked to contact Deputy Christina Pierson at 951-955-1700.