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Calif. soccer coach charged in human trafficking

A man who coached both the boys’ and girls’ soccer teams at a high school in Sacramento, California, has been charged with trafficking minor girls into prostitution, the New York Times reports.

#WearBlueDay was Jan. 11 (US Department of Homeland Security)

Elan Seagraves identified himself on his Facebook page as “a Soccer Coach, Bartender, and a Dad,” and reportedly worked as only a coach at John F Kennedy High School, not as a classroom teacher, and also at a local soccer club. He was also employed, before his arrest earlier this month, by the ride-sharing companies Uber and Lyft.

A spokesperson for the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office told the Times Mr Seagraves had been arrested and charged with two felonies related to the trafficking and pimping of minors. Police responded on Christmas morning, it was reported, to a call from a frightened 17-year-old girl, who told police she was hiding in the backyard of a suburban home. When they got there, police say they discovered another girl sitting in a car with Mr Seagraves.

“We have let him go,” the paper quoted Alex Barrios, a spokesperson for the school district, as saying about Mr Seagraves. “After this announcement, we made the decision that he was not going to be able to fulfill his duties as a soccer coach.”

The Sacramento City Unified School District has been fighting human trafficking in recent years, being the only district in the country to receive a $400,000 three-year grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice, which began in 2016 and continues through this year, to mentor child victims of sex trafficking and prostitution, Mr Barrios said.

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