Oahu grand jury indicts 29-year-old man on sex trafficking, kidnapping charges

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Published: Feb. 1, 2023 at 1:25 PM HST|Updated: Feb. 1, 2023 at 4:45 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - An Oahu grand jury on Tuesday indicted a 29-year-old man on charges of sex trafficking.

In addition to sex trafficking, Manuel Thomas was also charged with kidnapping and promoting a dangerous drug in the third degree, according to the state Attorney General’s office.

Court documents say Thomas is accused of drugging and pimping a woman — and demanding her to make him money through sex acts with men he would set her up with.

Thomas was being held without bail at the Oahu Community Correctional Center.

If convicted, he faces more than 20 years in prison

Victims or anyone who suspects any sex trafficking activity should call 911 or the following numbers:

  • National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-800-373-7888 or text 233733
  • Hawaii Department of Human Services Child Trafficking Hotline: (808) 832-1999 for Oahu or 1-888-398-1188 for the neighbor islands