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Orlando men arrested in Polk, charged with human trafficking

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Polk County deputies arrested two men Orlando men on charges of human trafficking.

Detectives started this investigation in May when they arrested a teenage girl for prostitution who helped them find her pimp, Montavius Rakeem Postell, 22, of Orlando, a.k.a. King.

The girl told deputies she was a victim of battery and human trafficking, according to the PCSO report.

Detectives discovered that Postell called her over 20 times from jail after being arrested for sale of cocaine in Orlando.

He asked her to prostitute herself to get money for his bond, detectives told us.

Detectives say Postell had befriended the young girl, let her stay in his Orlando home, and served as her pimp.

"These pimps take control over them either physically or psychologically or both, and that's what happened this time" added the Sheriff.

Postell beat and threatened her, and used drugs to make her turn tricks.

"He has property, human beings as property, that he is actively prostituting and taking all of the money," said Polk Sheriff Grady Judd.

Deputies didn't find him at his address in Orlando when they arrived to arrest him. They had taken his roommate, 48-year-old Michael Kempfer, into custody before and were ready to charge both men for human trafficking.

They found loaded guns, and drug and gang paraphernalia, according to the PCSO report. Deputies told us, Postell is a known gang member.

Authorities found Postell at a motel on East Fowler Avenue in Tampa. They booked him into the Hillsborough County Jail.

"Here is but one example of how prostitution is not a 'victimless crime,' and even worse, this is an example of a how a juvenile was being used as a sex slave," said Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd. "We will continue to cooperate with agencies statewide to combat human trafficking in Florida." 

Deputies from Orange County and Tampa Police officers together with the Attorney General Pam Bondi's Office of Statewide Prosecution helped with this case.

"Florida is a zero-tolerance state for human trafficking," said Attorney General Pam Bondi about the case. "We must stop these atrocities from occurring in Florida and throughout our country."  

Authorities want to hear from any other possible victims.

"Please contact the Sheriff's Office and advise them, you are not in trouble, you have been victimized, we want to talk to you," said Diane Checcio with the State Attorney's office.

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