16-year-old girl held at hotel to work as a prostitute, Raleigh police say

Shajan Ivan Marrero
Shajan Ivan Marrero CCBI

Police say a 28-year-old Zebulon man kept a runaway 16-year-old girl at a hotel so she could work for him as a prostitute last June, the second time he has been accused of that crime this year.

The charges – profiting by promoting the prostitution of a minor and human trafficking with a child victim – stem from what police said was Shajan Ivan Marrero’s prostituting a 16-year-old girl who had been listed as a missing person.

Arrest warrants were served on Marrero at the Wake County Detention Center, where he has been held since Raleigh police arrested him in June on cocaine-possession charges.

In July, police charged him with profiting from prostituting a minor and human trafficking in April.

In the most-recent case, police said, Marrero used psychological means, not physical restraints, to keep the girl in the Microtel Inn and Suites on Plainview Drive.

Police listed June 1 as when it began. They listed July 31 as the end of the offense, but Marrerro had been arrested by then on the charge from April.

An incident report says the arrest grew out of an investigation of the missing-person case.

With the charges filed Tuesday, Marrero’s bail rose to $1,050,000.

Ron Gallagher: 919-829-4572, @RPGKT