Marine Arrested After Missing Teen Found In Barracks 

Beds and kit belonging to WW1 soldiers in a restored army barracks room

( – A U.S. marine was arrested last month after a missing 14-year-old girl was discovered in the barracks of a California Marine Corps base, Fox News reported on July 9.

The teen was found in the barracks of Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California, by military authorities and informed the sheriff’s department, which had originally received a missing persons report by her grandmother on June 13. The teen had run away from home several days prior.

A Marine, who is a member of Combat Logistics Battalion 5 of the 1st Marine Logistics Group was taken into custody by Naval Criminal Investigative Services (NCIS) on June 28. Neither the names of the Marine or teenage girl have been released.

The Marine originally taken into custody for questioning has been released as of July 10 “pending further investigation.” Detectives also interviewed the teen, was promptly returned to her family and was offered family services. As of this time, the Marine’s connection with the teen is unknown.

Due to the incident occurring on a military base, the NCIS is the principal agency heading this investigation, though the San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force and the Oceanside Sheriff’s Department are supporting it.

The news comes as The Washington Post reported on the abuses of defense contractors on U.S. military bases in the Persian Gulf. The abuses immediately sparked human trafficking concerns as many of the migrants working for defense contractors reportedly had their passports taken away, preventing them from returning to their home countries or seeking work elsewhere. Many workers have also had to pay illegal recruitment fees, and have been weighed down by erroneous debts.

Such abuses violate U.S. regulations and have been flagged in recent years. One such worker was Mohammed, whose last name was omitted by the Post to prevent retaliation from his employer, who had to pay a $6,000 recruitment fee in order to be hired as a food services worker for the U.S. Army.

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