A Guatemalan man living in Farmerville is being held on $1.2 million bond after being arrested on human trafficking and rape charges Friday.
Nicolas Asig, 31, was arrested after Louisiana State Police detectives assigned to the Special Victim’s Unit (SVU) in the Monroe field office investigated information they received about a possible human trafficking victim.
It was learned the victim, a female juvenile, and Asig were both in the United States illegally from Guatemala.
In addition to the arrest of Asig, the victim was safely rescued.
Asig was booked into the Union Parish Detention Center and charged with human trafficking, 2nd degree rape, felony carnal knowledge of a juvenile and molestation of a juvenile
Assisting LSP-SVU detectives in Asig’s arrest were FBI agents, Homeland Security Investigators, The Ouachita Parish, Union Parish and Lincoln Parish Sheriffs’ Offices and the Farmerville Police Department.
The Louisiana State Police Special Victims’ Unit urges anyone who may have been a victim of human trafficking or anyone with information about individuals engaged in human trafficking to report it immediately.
The National Human Trafficking hotline is available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in more than 200 languages. The National Hotline can be accessed by emailing email@example.com, visiting www.humantraffickinghotline.org, calling 888.373.7888 or texting 233733.