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May 16, 2014

Pair held in alleged sex trafficking case

DANVERS — It started as a routine, late night traffic stop by a state trooper on Route 1 north in Danvers. 

And then a young woman sitting in the back seat mouthed the words, “I need help.” 

Two men are now being held without bail, charged with kidnapping the woman and forcing her into prostitution over a three-day period that ended with the traffic stop early today, just before 2 a.m. 

Marquis J. Campbell, 22, of Worcester and Steven Diaz, 32, of Everett pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping, human trafficking and deriving support from prostitution. Campbell is also being charged with three counts of rape, and a prosecutor said today that additional charges are possible against the men. 

State police Trooper Scott Quigley was on a routine patrol when he spotted a black Honda Accord pull out of the Motel 6 on Route 1 in Danvers. The car took a wide turn and then drove slowly, about 15 mph, weaving into the breakdown lane, before the trooper stopped the car. 

Diaz was at the wheel, Campbell in the passenger seat. 

The pair had conflicting stories about what they were doing there and where they were going, police said. Diaz said they weren’t staying at the motel, and were heading to Chinatown in Boston for food, while Campbell claimed to have a room there and said they were going to a party in Hyde Park.

When the trooper asked the woman in the back seat for identification, “she had an absolute look of fear in her face and appeared to mouth to me, ‘I need help,’” Quigley said in his report. 

Campbell said the young woman was his girlfriend, when asked about two prescription bottles with her name on them that he was carrying. 

That’s the story his mother also believes. Outside court she told reporters that she believed the young woman was her son’s girlfriend. 

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