Suspected child sex trafficker arrested in San Jose, missing girl found alive in trunk

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – A man suspected of child sex trafficking was arrested in April, the San Jose Police Department announced on Monday. The suspect involved allegedly trafficked a girl who was reported missing from East Palo Alto. 

Police said the girl was reported missing on February 25 and was found one month later in the trunk of a vehicle at a San Jose residence by East Palo Alto police detectives and San Jose police officers. 

Officials said the girl was held against her will and was forced to engage in “commercial sex acts” in exchange for money by the adult male suspect. That suspect was identified by the two police departments as 22-year-old Jolaun Canton of San Jose. 

Authorities caught up with the suspect on April 20 when SJPD officers stopped Canton’s vehicle for an unrelated traffic stop. Police said the suspect fled on foot but was caught during a foot pursuit. An arrest was made. Police said Canton also had a ‘ghost gun’ in his possession. 

Canton was booked in Santa Clara County Jail for being a felon in possession of a firearm and for evading officers. Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office became involved and charges were amended to include child sex trafficking. 

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.