Runaway 16-year-old may be victim of sex trafficking, authorities say

Malia Carbaugh

Malia Carbaugh

Malia Jenae Carbaugh ran away from home Thursday, according to Beaverton police spokesman Mike Rowe.

Police are looking for any information about a Portland teen who ran away from home and may be trying to reunite with her former pimp. Carbaugh lives with her parents in Oregon City and Portland.

Investigators have confirmed that Malia bought a plane ticket from Portland to Las Vegas, KPTV reported. Police said 25-year-old James Demarr Jackson trafficked the teenager in both Nevada and California before he was arrested.

Authorities are searching for a missing teen who was once a sex trafficking victim and may be once again, CBS affiliate KOIN-TV in Portland reports.

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Jackson has prior arrests for sex trafficking crimes and was charged with one count of sex trafficking a minor in California after his July arrest.

She is described as white with brown hair and brown eyes, five-foot-two and weighing 100 pounds.

Police ask anyone with information to contact Detective Chad Optiz at 971-563-7545.

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