16-year-old sex trafficking victim recovered after reaching out for help

Detectives arrested two men on investigation of Commercial Sexual Abuse of a Minor after the victim reached out for help. 37-year-old Michael Ulrich of Mountlake Terrace and 50-year-old Quentin Hamilton of Seattle were arrested at a Bellevue hotel after the victim contacted the nonprofit “Jesus Loves the Track,” saying she was in danger and wanted help. 

The victim said the men forced her to take drugs and asked her to perform prostitution dates for pay.  “Jesus Loves the Track” builds relationships with women who work in the sex industry, some being victims of human trafficking, by connecting them with resources and providing food, shelter, and other supplies.

With the help of “Jesus Loves the Track,” officers located the victim hiding outside the hotel and got her medical attention. Through further investigation, detectives located and arrested Ulrich as he entered his car.  Hamilton was captured as he fled through the hotel room’s balcony and scaled down the side of the building. 

“We are committed to helping any victim of sex trafficking and are determined to track down and arrest the perpetrators,” said Captain Shelby Shearer. “Our detectives received this tip late in the evening as they were heading home. They dropped everything to meet the victim and make sure she received the help she wanted,” Shearer added. 

After serving a search warrant on the hotel room, detectives found nearly 75 grams of suspected methamphetamine, heroin, narcotics, at least 300 pounds of copper wire, and ID theft materials.

“We appreciate the trust our partners place in us and will continue to work with them to help eliminate sex trafficking. We want all victims to know that we are here to help,” Shearer stated.

Bellevue Vice detectives have recovered five juvenile sex trafficking victims in the past six weeks.

Both suspects have been charged Commercial Sexual Abuse of a Minor, two counts of Violation of the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, and Identity Theft in the Second Degree.

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.

Case # 21-3396

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