A Worcester, Massachusetts man faced a judge for human trafficking and rape charges after police say he paid $5,000 to smuggle a 14-year-old girl into the country, held her captive and sexually assaulted her.
Twenty-two-year-old Luis Santos was ordered to be held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing by a judge on Tuesday following his arrest last week.
Police say the girl apparently began talking with Santos on Facebook from El Salvador. She arrived in Worcester last month.
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Police say she was forced to live in Santos' apartment and share his bed. The girl accused Santos of touching her on multiple occasions.
Police say she was locked in a room and wasn't allowed to use a phone or attend school most of the time.
In court, Santos' attorney denied the charges, and said he has lived with his family in the area for a year since moving from El Salvadore himself.
A judge also granted the teen, who has been placed into DCF custody, and her guardian a restraining order against Santos.
Santos' next court date is Jan. 23.