Traffic stop turns into human-trafficking arrest in Yonkers

Police say a routine traffic stop turned into a human-trafficking arrest after a van was pulled over in Yonkers on Thursday.

Yonkers police say they pulled over a van on the Saw Mill River Parkway for lacking a rear license plate. The officers questioned the four occupants and became suspicious when all four allegedly produced fake IDs. They were able to identify the lone man in the car as 35-year-old Nicholas Alvarez, of Miami, Fla.

According to the FBI, Alvarez is connected to a human-trafficking ring in five states, including New York.

Alvarez is believed to use intimidation, threats and physical violence against women he meets to force them into prostitution.

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