ORLANDO, FL – Florida regulation enforcement officers have introduced the arrest of two folks they are saying had been behind a high-end human trafficking ring that ran from Orlando to Atlanta. And, whereas the accused masterminds are in custody, officers fear a few of their victims should still want rescuing.
The Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation (MBI) and the Florida Division of Regulation Enforcement (FDLE) introduced the arrests of Jason Beaumont, 29, and Jessica Marie Gonzalez Santiago, 27, on Wednesday on human trafficking and racketeering prices. The pair is accused of working an Web-based prostitution service that provided up plenty of females for sexual companies, the company wrote in a media launch. MBI is a Central Florida-based multiagency activity pressure that features officers from native, state and nationwide businesses.
Officers say the ring’s victims had been made to take part by means of coercion, fraud and pressure.
“A few of the victims had been branded with the initials of one of many suspects,” MBI mentioned.
That “model” is a tattoo investigators discovered on a number of of the rescued victims, authorities mentioned.
“Proof we’ve from the investigation is that Beaumont was really both tattooing, branding or having the ladies tattoo themselves together with his initials,” FDLE Agent Tim Craft was quoted by WESH.com as saying. “This may be a mark of his possession or management over these girls.”
MBI brokers say Beaumont and Santiago used high-end automobiles to move victims to appointments with johns in Florida and Georgia. Their companies had been marketed on two web sites, The Millionaire’s Selection and In a single day Kiss. Investigators have linked the ring to Orlando and Atlanta particularly, however have mentioned actions occurred in different places, as properly. For the reason that investigation stays energetic, full particulars usually are not but out there, together with whether or not or not the ring additionally operated within the Tampa Bay space.
Human trafficking is taken into account a type of modern-day slavery. Victims will be of any age and are both sexually exploited or pressured to carry out different sorts of work in opposition to their will.
Brokers in Florida are looking for to determine different doable victims of the ring. Anybody who encounters an individual with a tattoo much like the one within the picture or who believes they’ve encountered a sufferer within the case is requested to contact the Central Florida Crimeline at 407-423-TIPS. Victims of human trafficking could name the Nationwide Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 for help.
Photographs courtesy of FDLE