Multiple women have been found after police stumbled upon a sex-trafficking ring in Detroit. A 67-year-old man was charged Friday with holding and drugging the captives—three women and two teenagers—and forcing them into prostitution, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Police received a tip on Thursday when a woman from the house in southwest Detroit called about someone being knocked down. When they arrived, a woman told officers that she was being held captive by a man named Richard Jackson. "My sister’s in the basement. You’ve got to get to her. He’s going to kill her," she said per a police report.
The woman also said that Jackson, a lifelong criminal with a rap sheet that includes armed robbery, drug possession, and assault, pumped them drugs and beat them if they didn't perform sex work. Jackson (seen above from his mugshot) was taken into custody. He has admitted to living in the home but he denied involvement in a sex ring. Police, however, found incriminating messages about sex acts and prostitution inquiries on his cell phone, including an advertisement for escorts on Backpage.com.
Two teenagers—one 15 years old and one approximated at 12 to 14 — reportedly escaped the house beforehand. Police are trying to locate them now.
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