RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — Charges have been dropped against five people accused of kidnapping a woman in Compton to force her into prostitution after the woman recanted her testimony.
The Riverside Press-Enterprise (http://bit.ly/1amVEea ) says the 18-year-old woman testified Thursday that she's a prostitute who left with the five voluntarily, then made up the accusations because she didn't want to get in trouble with her pimp.
The woman told a desk clerk at a Moreno Valley motel last month that she'd been kidnapped while walking on a Compton street and driven to the motel.
Riverside County sheriff's deputies arrested four men and a woman. They've been jailed for the past three weeks.
The men had faced potential life sentences if convicted of kidnapping, pimping and human trafficking. The woman faced 20 years.
Information from: The Press-Enterprise, http://www.pe.com