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Human-trafficking investigation in Waterloo

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UPDATE: 35-year-old Lawrence Campbell Jr. is accused of luring two teens from Chicago and forcing them to perform sex acts for money in Waterloo.

The girls are just 16-years-old from Chicago, one is listed as a runaway. The girls told police everything, after one was caught shoplifting from a Waterloo store on Monday.

According to the criminal complaint, Campbell met the two online, offering them a "better life" if they came to Waterloo. It states he bought bus tickets for the girls, but when they arrived, he told them they had to engage in sex acts in order to earn money.

Campbell had the girls pose for scandalous photos, which were posted on an internet page that that offered their services, police said. The criminal report states that Campbell “arranged several contacts between men and both (girls) in which they would engage in sex acts with each other and the men in exchange for money."

The girls also told police Campbell allegedly required them to steal clothes to sell for cash.

When police searched his home at 2100 Clearview St., they found the clothes that were used in the online ad, clothes with security tags, and stubs from bus tickets.

The girls are okay, their parents/guardians were notified and are on their way to Iowa to pick them up.

Campbell is in the Black Hawk County Jail for a bond of $40,000. He is facing two counts each of human trafficking and using a juvenile to commit an offense.

Updated by: Lauren Moss


A shoplifting case turns into a human trafficking investigation in Waterloo.

As police interviewed 2 suspects in a shoplifting case yesterday, they saw one (a 16-year-old) was listed as a missing person or runaway out of Chicago.

Police say the girls told them they came to Waterloo recently and had been forced into prostitution.

Police searched a Waterloo home. They say they found evidence to support what the teens were saying. One person is now in custody.

Investigators say they're now waiting for family members to come from Illinois to get the girls.

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