2 arrested for forcing child into prostitution

By The Associated Press

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Biloxi police have charged two people with human trafficking involving it involves the using of a child for prostitution.

Police Sgt. Aldon Helmerte says 30-year-old Cindy Lee Hazlett of Biloxi and 37-year-old Christopher Robert Pendowski of Ocean Springs were being held on $200,000 bond each.

Helmerte says both have been in custody at the Harrison County jail since their arrests on other charges earlier this month.

He says Hazlett has been held on charges of prostitution and possession of synthetic narcotics. Pendowski has been held on charges including the manufacture of meth and possession of synthetic narcotics.

Police have not released details on the age or gender of the child or how the investigation unfolded.

Anyone convicted under Mississippi’s human trafficking law faces up to 30 years in prison.