BELLEVUE, Neb. (WOWT) -- Police say they’ve arrested two buyers as part of an ongoing investigation into a human trafficking bust in Bellevue. The investigation came to light in September when three suspects were arrested on human trafficking charges that involved a girl as young as 15.
Kylie Ray, Branden Felt and Jesse Blum were all arrested for felony human trafficking in September, 2016. Investigators believe they ran part of the operation out of room number seven of the Offutt Motor Court Hotel, just across the street from the Offutt Air Force Base.
"The trafficker could be a mother selling her child, a husband selling his wife, a boyfriend selling his girlfriend,” said Anna Brewer with Magdalene Omaha. “The buyer could be anybody.”
As part of the ongoing investigation, two buyers were arrested this month. Chad Marvin Hayes, 48, was arrested on charges of first degree sexual assault of a child and soliciting prostitution. His bond was set at $100,000. He has since bonded out of jail.
Bellevue police also arrested 29-year-old Tyler Wolfe for felony soliciting prostitution. Investigators said Wolfe is accused of having sex with a 19-year-old who was selling her body and also involved in the case. This is Wolfe’s second offense so he’s facing a felony charge. Wolfe was previously arrested in Iowa for soliciting prostitution.
It's alleged that the 15-year-old victim was involved in the sex trafficking for two months under the influence of meth.
WOWT 6 News spoke with the young victim’s father. According the report, the teen victim told her mother that she had been using the website BackPage.com and was charging up to $300 a night. Since then the federal government has shutdown the underground web site's adult escort section.
“Crimes of this nature, of course it’s very, very serious. We try to take action as quickly as possible,” said Bellevue Police Information Officer Laurie Synowiecki. “You need to call it in. The police can’t do their job without information from the public.”
Investigators collected sheets and the bedding in the Bellevue hotel room for later testing. According to the report, they found a pipe at the scene that tested positive for methamphetamines.
If you see something, say something. If you suspect sex trafficking, report it to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 888-3737-888 or text HELP to BEFREE (233733).