Teenager 'treated as sex slave' for two weeks
A pair of South Miami brothers forced a 16-year-old to have sex with 'dozens of men' to fund their drink and drugs habit.
Law enforcement authorities have arrested Bogacski Thomas and Tavarus Ballard, both 24, and charged them with human trafficking, drug possession and robbery, among other crimes, according to records from the Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department, reports New York Daily News.
Their 16-year-old victim suffered an horrific two-week ordeal in January in which her alleged captors used the money they earned from her sexual exploitation to buy hotel rooms, food and drugs, Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle told reporters on Tuesday.
Her kidnappers allegedly beat her and threatened violence against the unidentified girl’s family if she tried to escape, while plying her with a mixture of drugs.
"She to them was nothing more than a walking machine," Fernandez Rundle said, according to the local TV station. "No dignity, not a human being, not a young girl, a cash machine. That's how these predators look at them.”
The circumstances surrounding the girl’s disappearance and escape haven’t been fully released yet. But officials said the brothers’ victim ran away from her home with another girl who was Thomas’ girlfriend, a minor who investigators are questioning to determine if she is a victim or suspect in the disturbing saga, WBFS reported.
Thomas and Ballard are being held without possible bond at Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.