Warren teen charged in human trafficking case at Macomb County hotel

Tremaine Woodall charged with human trafficking


WARREN, Mich. – A 19-year-old Warren man was bound over for trial Wednesday on four felony charges related to a human trafficking operation.

Tremaine Woodall is charged with two felony counts of minor sex trafficking and two felony counts of pandering. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

Officials received a tip Jan. 18 that prompted an investigation into possible prostitution at a Macomb County hotel. Woodall was arrested after police said they found him with a 17-year-old human trafficking victim.

Agents said they also found a Backpage post from Jan. 18 that featured the victim. Woodall allegedly took the photos and put the posting on the site.

A second alleged victim was also identified during the investigation.

"For years, human trafficking was viewed as a crime that happens 'somewhere else,'" Attorney General Bill Schuette said. "But as hard as it is to stomach, human trafficking happens in Michigan every single day. I want to applaud my human trafficking division for their unending dedication to finding justice for the victims of these horrific crimes."

Woodall was arraigned in January and is being held in the Macomb County Jail.

He is scheduled to return to court April 3.

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