Nikko Anaya should have by all counts been preparing for his junior year at Manteca High School.
But last week, the 16-year-old was arrested in San Luis Obispo in a high-profile human trafficking case centering on a 15-year-old girl that he had met four months prior and, according to police reports, lured into sexual slavery with as 20 different men over a two-day period stretching from Santa Cruz down to the Central Coast college town.
Anaya, who is being tried as an adult on felony charges of human trafficking and dissuading a witness, is set to appear in court next week. He’s being held at the San Luis Obispo County juvenile services center on $100,000 bail.
According to published police reports, Anaya reportedly took the 15-year-old girl to Santa Cruz for the day where he met up with his cousin, 19-year-old Elijah Joel Wolfson of Manteca and his companion, 20-year-old Brianna Day Morales of Chico. After paying for dinner he told the girl that since he paid, she “owed him.” When a man knocked on the door of their motel room, he told her that she would be having sex with that man for half-an-hour for $180.
She told investigators that she thought the act was okay because Anaya gave his blessing and because he was financially supporting her on the trip.
But it didn’t end there.
The group headed south towards San Luis Obispo and Anaya allegedly used an Internet website to advertise the girl for sexual services – describing her as a 19-year-old “petite Filipina” with the declaration “I provide 5 star experience every time. Treat me like an angel and I’ll take you to heaven.” It also requested “upscale, hygienic, well mannered men,” but also specified “No African American men.” A photo of her body in her bra and underwear was included with the post.
The victim, according to reports, was driven to various houses where she was pimped out for money – none of which she was able to keep.
By the time she was able to sneak a phone call out to her father from a motel room in downtown San Luis Obispo, she had already slept with between 15 and 20 men, and by this time police said 20-year-old Fabian Bettencourt Silveira of Chico had joined the group.
Wolfson was detained and arrested in San Joaquin County and will transported down to San Luis Obispo to stand for charges associated with the human trafficking operation.
“You don’t think that somebody that you’ve seen around is capable of doing something like that,” said a Manteca High School student who claims to know Anaya. “He very well could have done something like that right here. It’s pretty scary.”
The girl’s father notified Manteca Police after receiving the phone call from his daughter. They were able to tell San Luis Obispo police exactly where she was located. She was listed a missing person in Manteca when she didn’t come home from Santa Cruz.