A couple from Macomb Township, Michigan were arrested after police discovered they were allegedly forcing a 29-year-old woman with special-needs to live in a shed while selling sexual services with her to men online.
According to ClickOnDetroit, officials said the victim was a “profoundly special-needs person” who has both physical and mental disabilities. Misty George, 30, and Michael Welch, 38, allegedly kicked her out of their mobile home and put her in a vacant shed when she could no longer afford rent. They are accused of then advertising her sexual services online. The couple allegedly accepted money from men so that they could sexually abuse the victim. The woman told her family what happened and they called police.
"Instead of helping this profoundly special-needs person, George and Welch took her support money, forced her to live rough in an outside shed, and sold her as a prostitute. As your heart breaks for this vulnerable woman, your conscience is shocked by the abusive cruelty one human being is capable of showing to another,” Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith said. “The Sheriff and the Prosecutor’s Office are resolved to bring some measure of justice to this young woman, and to get her the support and treatment she needs.”
Both George and Welch have been charged with human trafficking-forced labor and prostitution/accepting earnings, according to the Detroit Free Press. George was additionally charged with using a computer to commit a crime.
After the couple’s arraignment, Welch attempted to flee on foot while getting into a sheriff’s transport vehicle. He was arrested after a short foot chase. Additional charges for the escape are expected to be tacked on.
[Photo: Macomb County Sheriff's Office]