3 arrested in Natchitoches human trafficking case _lowres

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- An anti-human trafficking billboard on I-12 near Drusilla Lane.

NATCHITOCHES— Authorities say three people have been arrested for allegedly keeping a transgender woman as a slave in the Ajax area of Natchitoches Parish.

Investigators tell The Town Talk the victim was held captive, tortured and forced to perform menial tasks and sexual acts.

Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Victor Jones Jr. called it the most “severe and disturbing” case of human trafficking ever investigated in the parish.

The three suspects — 37-year-old David Rodriguez Jr. and 39-year-old Christina Marie Harper, both of Pleasant Hill, and 39-year-old Ambre Tubbs Lomas, of Shreveport — turned themselves in Wednesday and remain in custody at the Natchitoches Parish Detention Center.

The trio faces a number of charges including human trafficking and aggravated second-degree battery.

It was unclear whether they have attorneys.