BEAVERTON, Ore. – A 16-year-old runaway who had been previously involved in a sex trafficking operation and may have been trying to reunite with her former pimp has been found safe in Las Vegas.

Malia Jenae Carbaugh ran away from home last Thursday, according to Beaverton police spokesman Mike Rowe. Carbaugh lives with her parents in Oregon City and Portland.

She is now in protective custody and will be returned to Oregon, Rowe said. He did not provide any additional details.

This wasn't the first time Carbaugh had run away from home.

Carbaugh ran away in July and was found in Los Angeles by police investigating a sex trafficking operation. Her pimp, Damarr Jackson, 25, was arrested on one count of human trafficking of a minor.

Carbaugh may have tried to reunite with Jackson, who lives in Las Vegas and is out on bail, Rowe said. She got a plane ticket from Portland to Las Vegas on Spirit Airlines.

Jackson has prior arrests for sex trafficking. He has trafficked Carbaugh in both Nevada and California, Rowe said.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Beaverton police detective Chad Opitz at 971-563-7545.