Michael Kempfer, 48
Montavius Rakeem Postell, 22
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- The Polk County Sheriff's Office charged two Orlando men with human trafficking that stemmed from an undercover investigation where a female minor was being prostituted.
The sex-trafficking victim was a 15-year-old girl who was threatened with violence and provided with drugs to coerce her into prostitution, according to a news release from Attorney General Bondi's Communications Office.
The two men were arrested with assistance from the Orange County Sheriff's Office and the Tampa Police Department. The Pasco County Sheriff's Office worked with the Attorney General's Office of Statewide Prosecution to obtain warrants to file the charges.
"Florida is a zero-tolerance state for human trafficking, and I commend the Sheriff's Offices of Polk and Orange Counties, the Tampa Police Department and my Office of Statewide Prosecution for their work to arrest two men engaged in the sex trafficking of a minor in our state. We must stop these atrocities from occurring in Florida and throughout our country," Attorney General Pam Bondi said.
Montavius Rakeem Postell, 22, is being charged with one count of human trafficking, two counts of lewd and lascivious battery on a victim aged 12-16, and one count of promoting sexual activity of a victim under 16.
Michael Kempfer, 48, is being charged with human trafficking as well, and is currently in Polk County Jail for previous charges of driving on a suspended license and deriving proceeds from prostitution from an investigation that began in May.
Polk County Sheriff's Office began the extensive undercover prostitution investigation on May 8, which led to 92 arrests for solicitation of prostitution or deriving proceeds from prostitution.
During that investigation, the 15-year-old girl was arrested for prostitution along with Kempfer, who drove the girl to the undercover location. Kempfer claimed at that time that he was not involved in "pimping her out" or in human trafficking.
Polk County detectives established a rapport with the 15-year-old girl and subsequently identified her as a victim of human trafficking and lewd battery. The detectives worked with gang detectives from the Orange County Sheriff's Office to identify her "pimp" as Postell a.k.a "King."
According to the affidavit, Postell was arrested by Orange County Sheriff's Office for selling cocaine in March, and during his 12 hours of incarceration, he made numerous calls to the victim to discuss her ability to raise his bond money by prostituting herself.
"Here is but one example of how prostitution is not a 'victimless crime,' and even worse, this is an example of how a juvenile was being used as a sex slave. This young girl was given drugs, physically beaten and sexually abused, and-because she was too young to even drive-she was driven around and prostituted out by these two despicable men. We will continue to cooperate with agencies statewide to combat human trafficking in Florida," Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said.
First Coast News