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Arizona Man Charged With Sex Trafficking His Live-In Housekeeper After They Moved In Together

Steven Hurry hired a live-in housekeeper last May in California and then convinced her to travel with him to Arizona. There, he allegedly confiscated her identification, sex trafficked her and and assaulted her.

By Dorian Geiger
Facts About Human Trafficking

An Arizona man has been busted for allegedly sex trafficking his live-in housekeeper after convincing her to travel to Arizona with him.

Steven Hurry, 61, allegedly sex trafficked his victim to multiple men, filmed her sexual assaults without her consent and confiscated her legal documents to prevent her from leaving, Scottsdale Police Department said. He was charged with sex trafficking, pandering, sexual abuse and aggravated assault, as well as misdemeanor charges of assault, criminal damage and disorderly conduct.

Police say they were called to a Scottsdale home on Dec. 26 after a neighbor reported hearing Hurry telling the victim he would punch her and she was screaming, according to local news channel KTVK.

“The neighbor observed a male and female arguing outside a home and recognized that something seemed ‘off’ with the couple,” the Scottsdale Police Department said in their statement on Jan. 10. When officers arrived, the woman told them that Hurry had been trafficking her, and he was arrested near the scene.

A police handout of Steven Hurry

Following Hurry’s arrest, authorities recovered more evidence that allegedly implicated him in sex trafficking, The Arizona Republic reported.

In court documents obtained by Phoenix Fox affiliate KSAZ, authorities contend that Hurry hired the victim as a housekeeper and she moved into his California home in May 2022. On May 25, he asked her to accompany him to Arizona for a money-making opportunity.

When they arrived in Tucson, officials said in court records, Hurry then pressured the woman into posing for photos to allow him to post a classified ad offering her sexual services to other men.

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"She described making $700 the first time for sexual intercourse in 20 minutes with an unknown male subject, and the defendant took the entire $700,” court documents stated, according to KSAZ. “After this, the defendant collected the victim's birth certificate, Social Security card and other forms of ID and credentials and secured them in a box.”

Investigators ultimately located conversations on his mobile device in which Hurry and the victim appeared to argue over him trafficking her, as well as messages in which he advised her about appointments he had set up for her, including dates, times, acts she was required to perform and the amount of money she needed to collect, Fox News reported.

The woman allegedly told police that Hurry would restrain her and whip her on her genitals if she failed to even just place the money in the spot he designated, according to the Arizona Republic.

Hurry and the victim then moved to Scottsdale in late November, first living at a motel and then at an Airbnb, according to court records.

"The defendant created and posted ads containing the victim's photographs and advertising sex in the exchange of money, which included $350 per hour for full sex or a quick visit, 15 minutes, for $120," police alleged, according to KSAZ.

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Authorities allege he filmed about four to six forced sexual encounters a week in Scottsdale involving the unidentified woman and the men to whom he trafficked her, without the consent of anyone on the videos.The footage was allegedly found on a USB drive seized at the Scottsdale Airbnb, per The Arizona Republic. 

On December, Hurry allegedly told his victim that he was having car trouble and suggested he would take the money she'd earned that day to pay for it, according to court documents obtained by KSAZ. That's when she said “couldn’t take anymore” and wanted to leave. She also failed to count the money from Hurry's last client, and he began threatening her — which is when the neighbor called 911.

However, before police arrived, Hurry allegedly pushed the victim up against the home's refrigerator and lifted her up by her neck, making it hard for her to breathe. He allegedly then forced her to perform a sex act to get him to stop.

Hurry left to fix his car before police arrived, but was located and arrested in the neighborhood.

In interviews, the victim also allegedly accused Hurry of raping her on Christmas Day.

In addition to the USB drive allegedly containing video evidence of his victim being trafficked, police found the woman's documents, including her marriage certificate — which she did not realize he had.

"A written document laying out the details between master and slave was located in the defendant's computer bag," a police report stated, per the Arizona Republic. That document was unsigned.

Hurry denied all of the allegations in police interviews.

Court records reviewed by Oxygen.com indicate that Hurry was released on bond on Dec. 29. His bond had been set at $50,000, according to court records cited by the Arizona Republic, though prosecutors had asked for $150,000. 

His original arraignment hearing is set for Thursday, according to court records reviewed by Oxygen.com.

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