Three teenage girls, who were all considered missing persons, were rescued by Long Beach detectives and two suspects were arrested on suspicion of human trafficking and forcing them to commit acts of prostitution, authorities said this week.

Mycal Brandon Ruff, 32, of Carson and Dezere Renee Romero, 21, of San Bernardino, were arrested at the same Carson address six days apart and within a month of the discovery and rescue of the three victims, ages 15, 16, and 17, according to arrest records.

The girls identified Ruff as a pimp, and police said they later learned that Romero would help Ruff manage the girls. Authorities believe they found possible evidence that one of the girls may have been trafficked across state lines.

The events stemmed from an investigation by Long Beach detectives involving the prostitution of a minor near the 100 block of 28th Street, which started Aug. 13. Police said they arranged to meet a minor inside the location and, once inside, searched the girl’s phone with her permission and found that two other girls were also being trafficked.

The other two girls were rescued Aug. 14 and 26, police said. Where they were found was not disclosed. The three girls were listed as missing from Long Beach, San Bernardino and Hemet.

Ruff was arrested at his home Aug. 28 on suspicion of three counts of false imprisonment and human trafficking. He has since been released after posting $450,000 bail, jail records show.

Romero was arrested at Ruff’s home Sept. 3 on suspicion of three counts of human trafficking and one count of prostitution, according to arrest records. She was being held in jail on $470,000 bail.

The girls were provided with services through the Los Angeles County First Responder Protocol for Sexually Exploited Children.