ANKENY, Iowa — Court records show a Des Moines newspaper carrier helped save a woman caught in a sex trafficking ring linked to an East Dubuque, Ill., woman.

The Des Moines Register said one of its delivery workers, Lavon Franz, was on her paper route early on the morning of July 28, in Ankeny, when she saw a woman waving her arms on the side of the road. When Franz pulled over, the woman — who had no cellphone or ID — was crying and said she wanted to go back home to a small town about an hour northwest of Ankeny.

Franz took the woman to a convenience store, where an employee called police.

Police arrested a 25-year-old woman from East Dubuque, Ill., on suspicion of pimping and human trafficking. Police said Brittany Walters scheduled times for men to pay the rescued woman and others for sex at hotels in Ankeny.

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