Friday, February 12, 2010

Pair indicted on federal human trafficking charges

By Marisa Brahney
Posted: Feb 11, 2010 4:34 PM EST

LEE COUNTY: An undercover prostitution sting ended with two Lee County residents indicted on federal charges of human trafficking. NBC2 uncovered the disturbing details of the pair's violent and illicit business.

NBC2 first reported about Derrick Ned and Naomi Vasquez in January when they were arrested in Bonita Springs.

•Click the links in the "Related Stories" section at the right to read the NBC2 investigation on human trafficking.
Undercover deputies arranged sex for money with three different women, who all told them Ned and Vasquez had forced them into prostitution and had even threatened to kill them if they escaped.

A federal affidavit stated that undercover detectives found the women on the website - "mygoddesscompanion.com" – and arranged to meet them for sex at locations - including a Fort Myers hotel.

Three different women found through the site reluctantly told detectives that Ned and Vasquez were forcing them, and up to 13 others, to prostitute themselves. They also said the pair was keeping their earnings and threatening to kill them and their families.

According to the affidavit, Ned lured some of the women with drugs, others by promises of lingerie modeling.

The document states Ned then told the women: "He had murdered before and would do so again" if they left, saying he was "a member of the Haitian mafia."

The affidavit also describes how Ned brought one of the women to the Pearl Lounge nightclub in Cape Coral, where he used her, "as a display for sexual services offered by his escort service, My Goddess Companion."

The Pearl Lounge had no comment on the allegation.

The girls told detectives Vasquez was just as violent and would, "beat the girls, threaten the girls, and wake them at all hours of the night to perform acts of prostitution."

In a January NBC2 investigation, we talked with Lee County Sheriff's detectives about how difficult human trafficking cases are to prosecute.

Many times, like in this case, victims' lives are threatened.

Luckily in this case, the women were brave enough to come forward and their alleged captors are in jail without bond.

Respectfully submitted from:http://www.abc-7.com/Global/story.asp?S=11972266

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