Man stopped in Berkeley in June charged with human trafficking for commercial sex

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The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office has charged Michael Green with six felony offenses, including human trafficking for commercial sex, after Green was stopped by a Berkeley police officer in June.

The district attorney also charged Green with attempted solicitation of a prostitute, assault with a deadly weapon, resisting an executive officer, possession for sale of a controlled substance and transportation of a controlled substance for sale. The charges were first reported by Berkeleyside.

According to court documents, Green was stopped in Berkeley on June 26 by Berkeley Police Department Officer Jason Collier for a traffic violation. Collier found that Green possessed a suspended or revoked driver’s license and that a woman sitting in the rear right passenger seat was bleeding from her forehead. The woman told Collier that Green had hit her with a hammer, which was also seen in Green’s car, and had strangulated her earlier in the day to force her into prostitution for his financial benefit, according to the documents.

Collier also found marijuana in Green’s pants pocket, in addition to 29 alprazolam pills, two hydrocodone/acetaminophen pills and one OxyContin pill — all of which are controlled substances.

Collier said Green threatened to kill an officer while he was being booked, according to the documents. Green was transferred to Santa Rita Jail the morning after his arrest, where he remains in custody with bail set at $315,000. He has a court hearing set for Tuesday at the Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse in Oakland.

Officers searched Green’s home in Hercules, California, and recovered an assault rifle and a handgun.

According to court documents, Green has a history of offenses. In 1996, he was convicted of a felony crime involving controlled substances. In 2009, he was sentenced to probation for the same offense. In 2005, he was sentenced to probation for second-degree burglary.

Green already has one strike under California law for a previous conviction and could receive a second strike if he is convicted of the current charges.

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