One of the investigations that led to prostitution-related arrests at two Town of Tonawanda motels earlier this month started as a truancy case.
Police discovered one of the victims, who is younger than 18, when they contacted her mother because of her chronic absences from school, Town of Tonwanda Police Det. Lt. William Krier said.
The mother told police she thought her daughter might be involved in prostitution. The girl, who was taken into custody at the Days Inn, 1120 Niagara Falls Blvd., will not face criminal charges, Krier said. Adrian Petty, 22, of Buffalo, was arrested and charged with promoting prostitution.
Paul Montanez, 20, of Buffalo, and a 22-year-old Kenmore woman were arrested at the Knights Inn, 1970 Niagara Falls Blvd. The woman was charged with prostitution, while Montanez was charged with promoting prostitution and drug possession counts.
The terminology police use in cases like these has shifted from words like "pimp" and "prostitute" to "sex trafficker" and "trafficking victims," Krier said.