JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A man and woman accused of trafficking a mentally disabled woman for sex for three weeks in a Jacksonville hotel room appeared before a judge Wednesday morning.
Demontre Clark, 25, and Tamia Oliver, 20, are charged with human trafficking and living off the earnings of a prostitute. Clark is also charged with abuse of a disabled adult.
Clark was ordered held on $350,000 bond, and Oliver was ordered held on $150,000 bond. They will be in court again April 12.
News4Jax checked the criminal background of Clark and Oliver but found no prior charges that would indicate their involvement in human trafficking. Clark had a minor previous drug offense, but the charges were dropped after two weeks.
The woman rescued from the hotel Tuesday, whose name and age are not being released, was reported missing Feb. 9 by her mother after the woman's school said she had missed her special needs class.
The woman's sister found out the woman was being advertised for sexual services on Backpage, and investigators were able to use the information in the ad to track the woman down at the Baymont Inn & Suites on Blanding Boulevard.
After surrounding the hotel room where the woman was being kept with marked and unmarked police cars and verifying with the manager that the woman had been staying in the room for 21 days, investigators got a search warrant early Tuesday morning, forced their way into the room, arrested Clark and Oliver, and took the woman to see her mother, police said.
The woman had a black eye and bruises on her legs and face, police said.
Investigators described the woman as “very childlike,” and during the interview after she was pulled from the hotel room, she told police that Clark, who she called “Marcus,” had hit her “for no reason” and that she had ended up with the pair after she found a man on Facebook who brought her to the hotel.
She told police she had sex with about two men every night, and that she gave all the money she made to “Marcus.” An investigator posing as a client had been quoted prices for the woman's services: $100 for 30 minutes and $65 for 15 minutes.
The woman's mother told investigators that her daughter can't spell or count money, police said.
When investigators asked who posted the Backpage ad, the woman said “my friend TT.” Detectives determined “TT” is Oliver.