Couple arrested in South San Francisco on suspicion of forcing girls into prostitution

A Sacramento couple was arrested Saturday at a South San Francisco hotel on suspicion of forcing three teenage girls into prostitution, police said.

Officers went to a hotel in the 300 block of S. Airport Boulevard on a tip that a runaway girl had been seen near the property at about 4 p.m., according to South San Francisco police.

Arriving officers found a 19-year-old woman and two juvenile girls in a room at the hotel, police said.

The room was registered to 40-year-old Mahendar Singh, who was found in another room at the hotel, police said.

Singh and the three girls were taken into custody after police found evidence of prostitution in both hotel rooms.

During questioning, all three girls said they were being forced into prostitution by Singh and his wife, Helen, 22, of Sacramento, police said.

Helen Singh was found at the hotel and arrested along with her husband, police said.

Mahendar and Helen Singh were booked into San Mateo County Jail for human trafficking under the age of 18, pimping, pandering and conspiracy.

The three girls were released to their parents, police said.

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