Women held captive, sold as sex slaves in Jacksonville

FBI, survivors working to educate about dangers

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – “You have got to help me get out of this.”

That’s what one woman desperately told an undercover officer in a prostitution sting. Officers learned her pimp would beat her “like a man almost daily,” according to a Duval County arrest warrant.

It got worse.

The woman’s captor had a “Taser” that he would shock her with when she didn’t do what he wanted, the arrest warrant said. He would also regularly pull a gun on her, according to the warrant.

The details are disturbing and these are just a few allegations of sex trade from open cases in Jacksonville.

In another police report, detectives noted a victim said her pimp said, “He was offered ten thousand dollars to buy her.”

The News4Jax I-TEAM combed through eight recent human trafficking arrests in Duval County, and it’s just the tip of the iceberg. The victims are male and female ranging in age from toddlers to adults.

“She had anywhere between six to eight dates per day,” investigators wrote in one report, noting sex services would be around $200 an hour. (”Dates” is what traffickers call the victims’ encounters with Johns.)

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