A Tuscaloosa man was charged with human trafficking Tuesday after an unrelated case brought investigators to a local hotel.

Captain Phil Spencer, the commander of the West Alabama Human Trafficking Task Force, said state police with the Alabama Bureau of Investigation spoke to a woman at a local hotel Tuesday morning on an unrelated matter.

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The agents suspected the woman was a human trafficking victim and called the task force to look into the matter further, and WAHTTF members responded and found enough evidence to arrest a man on scene.

31-year-old Cedric Marquis Spencer, Jr. of Tuscaloosa was charged with first-degree human trafficking and is being held in the Tuscaloosa County Jail.

He is being held without bond until a hearing with a judge to determine whether one will be issued, per Alabama's Aniah’s Law.

Spencer also acknowledged the volunteers of Trafficking Hope, a volunteer organization that cares for trafficking victims, for assisting the woman in this case and making sure she obtained medical care and had her other immediate needs met.

The task force asks that any other victims or people with knowledge about human trafficking cases please contact them at 205-349-2121.

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