Suspected sex trafficker arrested; 16-year-old girl recovered

Bellevue detectives busted a 19-year-old man suspected of trafficking a 16-year-old . Between December 30, 2020, and January 1, 2021, investigators say Keith Sims transported his extremely vulnerable family member to a hotel in Bellevue for an hour-long, $400 prostitution date. The date, however, was with an undercover police detective.

Evidence confiscated during the arrest

Investigators watched as Sims dropped the 16-year-old off in the hotel parking lot, waited until she was inside, then drove to a nearby empty parking lot and shut off the car. Officers contacted Sims during the investigation and found more than $1800 in cash on his person, $2307 cash in the car, and a 9mm semi-automatic firearm.

Sims was arrested, and the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office filed charges of Promoting Commercial Sexual Abuse of a Minor, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm in the First Degree, and Misdemeanor Violation of a Sexual Assault Protection Order. Sims remains in the King County Jail on $250,000 bail.

If you or someone you know is a victim of human sex or labor trafficking, you are encouraged to contact Bellevue Police at ViceHT@bellevuewa.gov. Call 911 if you are in immediate danger.

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