Five charged in Moreno Valley human trafficking case

RIVERSIDE, Calif. -  Five Northern California residents accused of abducting an 18-year-old woman, assaulting her and attempting to force her to work as a prostitute in Moreno Valley were charged today with multiple felonies.

Ibrahim A. Binhajjyahyaabdulma, 25, his brother, Khalid A. Binhajjyahyaabdulma, 23, Ana Karen Ceja, 20, Abubakr Horrington, 32, and Jerry Jermaine Landers, 21 -- all from the San Jose area -- were scheduled to make their initial court appearances this afternoon at the Riverside Hall of Justice.

Each defendant is charged with human trafficking and attempted pimping. The Binhajjyahyaabdulma brothers and Landers are additionally charged with kidnapping to commit rape, while Horrington and Khalid Binhajjyahyaabdulma are also charged with forced oral copulation.

The younger Binhajjyahyaabdulma, who according to jail records is a parolee, was being held without bail at the Smith Correctional Facility in Banning. His brother and Horrington were each being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the same facility.

Landers was being held there in lieu of $50,000 bail, while Ceja was being held in lieu of $25,000 bail at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside.   The defendants were taken into custody Friday following a Riverside County sheriff's investigation that originated at the Best Western Motel in the 24800 block of Elder Avenue in Moreno Valley.

According to sheriff's Sgt. John Sawyer, deputies were called to the location around 5 p.m. Friday to investigate reports of a disturbance and encountered an 18-year-old Compton woman who alleged she had been abducted at gunpoint by the defendants sometime Thursday.

The defendants were in the process of trying to flee the motel parking lot when deputies arrested them, Sawyer said.

According to the sergeant, the woman, whose identity was not disclosed, alleged that the defendants drove her to an unknown area, where she was sexually assaulted. She said that after the assault, the defendants told her she would be working for them as a prostitute.

``The suspects drove the victim to Moreno Valley, where they rented a motel room for these prostitution acts to occur,'' Sawyer alleged. ``At some point before the prostitution acts began, the suspects became distracted, providing the victim with the opportunity to flee and summon help.''

Investigators with the Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force were called in to take over the investigation.

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