Police on Monday arrested a New Orleans man accused of kidnapping a 13-year-old girl, drugging her and forcing her into sex and prostitution.
Court records did not indicate the current age of the victim or exactly when the crimes took place.
In an August arrest warrant, Detective Jessica Williams said the victim came forward on Aug. 12 and told police that a pimp she knew as “Josh” had drugged her and forced her to work as a prostitute on Bourbon Street and during encounters arranged on Backpage.com, a website frequently targeted by law enforcement officials.
The girl said the suspect also forced her to have sex with him as well as his friends in exchange for drugs. The victim told police that “Josh” worked under the supervision of another pimp known as “Nine.”
Williams wrote that the victim identified the suspect as Joshua Adams, 19, after she was shown a photo array.
Adams has been booked on counts of first-degree rape, pandering, trafficking of children for sex purposes, contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, illegal use of a controlled substance in the presence of a person under 17 and second-degree kidnapping.
A judge ordered Adams, who listed an address in the 1300 block of Bienville Street, held on $340,000 bail.
Court records listed Anfernee Eddington, 18, of Slidell, as Adams’ alleged street boss “Nine.” It was not immediately clear whether he has been taken into custody as well.