2 accused of holding woman against her will at Ventura hotel

(Photo: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/VENTURA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE)

Monay Lewis (Photo: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/VENTURA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE)

Two suspects were arrested at a Ventura hotel after a woman claimed she was forced into prostitution and held against her will.

Ventura police arrested Demarea Williams, 23, and Monay Lewis, 21, after officers responded to a call at about 1 a.m. Tuesday of a possible female victim being held against her will at La Quinta Inn in the 5800 block of Valentine Road, authorities said.

When authorities arrived at the hotel parking lot, they found a female matching the victim’s description inside a car. Williams was standing outside the vehicle, Sgt. Gerald Foreman said.

According to authorities, the 21-year-old woman was being forced to have sex with various men for money, and the proceeds allegedly went to Williams. Investigators allege the woman had been “trafficked up and down the coast” of California as well as in Arizona and Texas. (Read full article here)